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LSP report largest child porn seizure in department history

5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago June 14, 2016 Jun 14, 2016 Tuesday, June 14 2016 June 14, 2016 11:56 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police arrested three subjects in three separate statewide investigations leading to what they say is the largest seizure of child pornography in the history of the department.

While executing search warrants, Troopers said they seized more than 800 DVDs, 13 portable storage devices, numerous cell phones and multiple laptop computers. All of the devices seized during the operation contained “lewd and lascivious pornographic images and videos of children.” In the seized files, Troopers said they even discovered videos that showed the rape of infant children.

Detectives with the LSP Special Victims Unit Shreveport Field Office executed a search warrant at the home of 51-year-old James Vail, of Shreveport on June 10. Vail was found to be in possession of more than 1 million illicit files. He was arrested and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on 51 counts of distribution of pornography involving juveniles and 1,500 counts of possession of child porn.

On that same day, the New Orleans Field Office raided the residence of 30-year-old Steven Lucia, of LaPlace. Lucia was arrested for distribution of child porn and possession of marijuana. He was also taken into custody on contempt of court warrants in St. John and Terrebonne Parish.

On June 8, detectives with the LSP Alexandria Field Office, with help from the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, searched the residence of 35-year-old Nicholas Bordelon, of Hessmer. Bordelon would be booked on over 300 separate counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.

“We created the Special Victims Unit for exactly this purpose with a focus on rescuing victims and targeting perpetrators of crimes involving the exploitation of children and the trafficking of humans for sex or labor,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “The Louisiana State Police will employ all available investigative resources and will remain vigilant as long as individuals choose to possess, distribute, and promote child pornography. This is a team effort as we continue to partner with law enforcement agencies across the state to bring these criminals to justice.”

All three investigations are ongoing.

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