Livingston man pleads not guilty in sex crimes against juveniles

Tony Wilbanks
Tony Wilbanks

A 33-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to accusations of filming teenage girls with his cellphone, sending lewd photos to a teenager and watching his girlfriend engage in sexual activities with a teenage boy.

Tony Wilbanks, 22664 Cuba Wheat Road, Livingston, pleaded not guilty in state District Court in Livingston Parish to two counts of video voyeurism with sexual intent, three counts of pornography involving juveniles, six counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count each of principal to oral sexual battery and principal to felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Wilbanks is set to return to court Feb. 24, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Livingston Parish sheriff’s detectives arrested Wilbanks and his girlfriend, Regina Foreman, 33, on Oct. 24, court records show.

Wilbanks, who has remained jailed since his arrest, initially was given a bail of $500,000 but has since had it reduced to $200,000. Foreman has bonded out.

Most of the acts Wilbanks allegedly committed happened on Oct. 24, court records show. The others supposedly happened in March, June, July and August.

The arrest warrants claim Wilbanks:

Was in possession of a video of a child who was blindfolded while a man forcibly committed sex acts on her.

Hid his cellphone to take photos of a 16-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl while one showered and the other bathed.

Sent obscene photos of another man to the 16-year-old girl via cellphone. The girl also allegedly sent nude photos of herself to Wilbanks.

Sent photos of the 12-year-old girl to other people via email.

Stood outside of a home and watched through open blinds as Foreman, his girlfriend, allegedly performed oral sex on and had intercourse with a 16-year-old boy.

The District Attorney’s Office pressed charges against Wilbanks in a bill of information filed Jan. 8.

Foreman was arrested on one count each of oral sexual battery, felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, video voyeurism with sexual intent and pornography involving juveniles, along with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Foreman’s arraignment is set for Feb. 5.

Wilbanks has enlisted a public defender to represent him, but it was unclear Wednesday whether an attorney has been assigned to his case.