Neighbors cautious after sex offender was busted again
LIVINGSTON - Neighbors are reflecting on their run-ins with a man who lived next door, wondering if they noticed anything unusual leading up to his arrest Friday on 500 counts of possession of child pornography and 50 counts of distribution of porn involving juveniles.
Anthony Kurtz, 40, was apprehended as part of an investigation by the Attorney General's Office, Homeland Security and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. He was one of four arrested and is currently being held on a $55 million bond.
Kurtz faces a maximum of 20 years for each charge, for a total of 11,000 years behind bars if he is convicted.
Kurtz's neighbors said they didn't know a lot about the man, but got a notice that a sex offender moved in to the area. One neighbor, Jolie Smith, said she knew he was a sex offender and said she's glad he's in jail.
Smith said she believes she caught Kurtz looking at a yard full of children.
"It's actually a lady who lives there and she runs a daycare. There's kids outside playing. Maybe he's watching the kids, but he's blatant about it," she said.
The daycare owner later told News Two, that she has reported suspicious activity before the arrest.
"I have a 14 year old daughter, and she's very naive. It scares me to think that he was just close to her," Smith explained.
A search of the street where Kurtz lived, Jack Taylor Road, found three sex offenders living there, including Kurtz.