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Joint investigations lead to four child porn arrests

2 years 3 months 1 week ago Friday, July 10 2015 Jul 10, 2015 July 10, 2015 1:31 PM July 10, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues

BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office announced Friday that four men have been arrested for crimes against children during a joint investigation led by the AG's Cyber Crime Unit.

40-year-old Anthony Kurtz, of Livingston, was arrested on 500 counts of possession of child pornography and 50 counts of distribution of pornography involving juveniles. The investigation was carried out by the Attorney General's Office, Homeland Security Investigations and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. The child porn possession charges Kurtz faces are punishable by up to 20 years behind bars for each of the 500 counts.

32-year-old Chad Ruiz, of Slidell, was arrested following a joint investigation by the Attorney General's Office and Slidell Police on one count of computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Ruiz could face up to 10 years in prison for the first charge and up to an additional seven years behind bars for the indecent behavior charge.

29-year-old John Wellman, also of Slidell, was arrested on 99 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles and one count of possession of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investgations, Slidell Police and the Cyber Crime Unit collaborated in the investigation.

51-year-old Billy Ray Parker, of Wisner, was arrested for distribution of pornography involving juveniles following a joint investigation by the AG's Cyber Crime Unit, the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office, Wisner Police and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

"My Cyber Crime Unit partners with law enforcement agencies from across Louisiana to identify and apprehend criminals who use the Internet to prey upon our most vulnerable citizens," Attorney General Caldwell said. "Over the last year, we've made more than 100 arrests in our efforts to make Louisiana a safer and better place for our children and families."

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