Lafayette man accused of child porn, solicitation

State and federal agents have arrested a Lafayette man suspected of using the Internet to entice a minor into a sexual encounter, State Police said.

John James Lee, 29, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Thursday on counts related to computer-aided solicitation of a minor and production of child pornography, Trooper 1st Class Stephen Hammons said.

Undercover agents “made contact” with Lee, who thought he was communicating with a 15-year-old on a social networking site.

“Lee was seeking a child under the age of 15 for a sexual encounter,” Hammons said in a release.

Lee reportedly asked for sexually-explicit photographs and agreed to meet someone he thought was a 15-year-old. The child’s gender was not specified.

Lee was arrested without incident at the rendezvous site, Hammons said.

The case is part of Operation Child Watch, an endeavor by law officers at all levels to rescue children from sexual abuse and arrest predators, Hammons said.

Anyone with information about sexual abuse of children can call State Police at (337) 262-5880.