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Two arrested in capital area after child sex crimes investigation

1 week 1 day 23 hours ago Thursday, April 08 2021 Apr 8, 2021 April 08, 2021 5:04 PM April 08, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ
Benjamin Faulkner, Joshua Chandler

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police arrested two people in the capital area this week on charges related to child porn and other crimes involving juveniles. 

State Police said 34-year-old Benjamin Faulkner of Denham Springs and 39-year-old Joshua Chandler of Baton Rouge were arrested on April 7 and 8 respectively. 

LSP said Faulkner was caught after a joint operation with the FBI. Faulkner allegedly had sexually explicit conversations with undercover investigators posing as a 13-year-old girl. He's facing charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Chandler was arrested Thursday on 200 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. Police said they intercepted a computer with dozens of illicit files, prompting them to locate the user's home and search it.

State Police also arrested a third suspect in New Orleans on Wednesday, 18-year-old Kobe Aguillard. Aguillard is accused of asking a 14-year-old girl for sexually explicit images and videos. Investigators found lewd videos of a 14-year-old as well as other sexual material involving potentially underage girls at his home.

Police had been investigating both Faulkner and Chandler since March 17, according to a statement from LSP.

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