Nine booked with child porn

Officials say sting across south La.

by robert stewart

Advocate staff writer

Nine men have been arrested and booked on child pornography and similar counts after an undercover operation targeting suspected child pornography possessors, state officials said Wednesday.

The men, who live in parishes across south Louisiana, appeared to have been acting individually and not as part of a larger operation, said David Ferris, section chief of the Louisiana Attorney General’s High Tech Crime Unit.

Authorities executed 12 warrants between Saturday and Tuesday during an investigation called “Operation Blackjack,” Ferris said at a news conference.

Three other people are still being investigated, and additional arrests may be possible, he said.

Of the 145 counts in the arrests thus far, 113 were for pornography involving juveniles, 24 were for distributing pornography involving juveniles, and five were for producing pornography involving juveniles, according to an Attorney General’s Office news release.

Agents with the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force coordinated the effort among local, state and federal investigators, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said at the news conference.

“This has been an unbelievable cooperative agreement between federal, state and local prosecutors to do what I call ‘God’s work’ in getting rid of sexual predators and people that prey on our children,” Caldwell said.

The men booked and the counts against them: