Livingston man sentenced to 12 years for juvenile sex offenses
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish District Attorney says a Livingston man will serve 12 years in prison without parole for a range of juvenile sex offenses.
35-year-old Tony Willbanks, of Livingston, was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile, video voyeurism, two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and pornography involving juveniles.
Willbanks was arrested as a result of a joint investigation by Livingston Parish and Blount County, Tennessee authorities. A search warrant was executed at the man’s Livingston residence after local sheriff’s deputies obtained information that possible child porn could be present.
Deputies seized multiple items during the search that contained media of illegal sexual conduct carried out by Willbanks with juveniles in the home.
Police reports said the dates of the offenses ranged from May 2012 through October 2013. Willbanks was arrested on Oct. 24, 2013.
Willbanks was sentenced to 12 years in prison without probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon release for a minimum of 25 years.
“I am happy that the victims and their families can put this chapter behind them and move forward with their lives. I thank them for their cooperation and willingness to appear in court and take this sex offender off our streets. The conviction was a result of excellent police work by the Juveniles Detective Division of LPSO,” said Assistant District Attorney David Guidry.
The victims’ families were present in the courtroom for Willbank’s plea and sentencing.