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Former EBRSO deputy formally charged with child porn, indecent behavior with juveniles

3 weeks 8 hours 56 minutes ago Tuesday, April 02 2024 Apr 2, 2024 April 02, 2024 1:48 PM April 02, 2024 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE — A former East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputy was formally charged with child pornography and indecent behavior Tuesday after his September arrest.

Joseph Pizzalato, 45, was booked with one count of pornography involving a juvenile and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Pizzalato was fired from EBRSO after six years following his Sept. 15 arrest. Arrest documents from last year say he sent inappropriate text messages — including images — with a 15-year-old girl.

The victim told deputies Pizzalato messaged her on Sept. 15. The following texts were sent from Pizzalato's phone to the teenager:

- "I got a remember u not 18 lol.”
- “You’re beautiful and curvy.”
- “Delete all that crap lol”
- “All I can think is boobs hahahaha.”
- “I’d go to jail.”
- “Your body is developing and of course it makes men feel a certain way.”

During an interview with deputies, Pizzalato voluntarily handed over his cell phone number, which matched the number provided by the victim. He was arrested and booked for indecent behavior with a juvenile then released on bond Sept. 18.

On Sept. 25, deputies found a video on Pizzalato's phone of a teenager dancing topless. Deputies said the video was recorded from a live streaming platform called Bigo Live. He was arrested again the following day and booked on an additional charge of pornography involving juveniles. He was released on bond Sept. 27. 

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