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Former deputy arrested again on child porn charges

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago March 27, 2015 Mar 27, 2015 Friday, March 27 2015 March 27, 2015 11:35 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues

ST. AMANT - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said they arrested a former sheriff's deputy accused of using social media to attempt to have sex with a 13-year-old boy and possession of child pornography.

Deputies arrested 26-year-old Todd Tripp of St. Amant Thursday and booked him into the parish prison on charges of possession of pornography involving a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Tripp was arrested multiple times in 2013 on similar charges along with one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He was fired from his job with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office following that arrest.

Investigators said Tripp had been in contact with 13-year-old boy who lives in Germantown, Tenn. and exchanged comments of a sexual nature with the juvenile on multiple occasions. APSO detectives searched Tripp's residence and seized all the man's computers, digital media and cell phones. While investigators were going through the media they said they uncovered an image of a nude juvenile girl. Detectives say they learned Tripp was using social media to discuss taking a trip to Tennessee to be with the 13-year-old.

Tripp's bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 31. The District Attorney's office filed a motion on Friday to have Tripp's bond revoked. The DA's office also says the plan to prosecute the case to the full extent of the law.

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