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19 child exploitation arrests in Louisiana’s Operation Broken Heart

19 child exploitation arrests in Louisiana’s Operation Broken Heart
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POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:50am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:39pm

Nineteen people have been arrested for child sexual exploitation in a statewide operation known as “Operation Broken Heart,” announced Louisiana’s Attorney General Buddy Caldwell on Wednesday.

The operation was led by the Attorney General’s Office and the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force affiliates comprised of local, state and federal officials.

This was a month-long, undercover initiative concentrating on offenders who engage in the possession, production or distribution of child pornography, commercial and online solicitation of children for sexual purposes, and sex tourism.

Charges range from the possession or distribution of child pornography to others related to the production of pornography involving juveniles, indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor, unlawful use or access to social media, simple rape and attempted simple kidnapping.

Those arrested in the month of May are as follows:

May 1, 2014

Brian Legania
Gretna, LA 70053
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (2 counts)


May 8, 2014

Berlin Parker
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution)


Malcolm Jack
Monroe, Louisiana
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

 

May 20, 2014

Anthony Shittone
Baton Rouge, LA
La.R.S 14:81.1 Pornography involving juveniles (25 counts)


William Platt IV
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
La.R.S. 14: 81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution)


Markee Berthelot
Metairie La 70001
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles


Robert Collins
Kenner La 70065
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles


David Odwen Permodo
Metairie La 70001
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

 

May 21, 2014

Todd Yocham
Duson, LA
LRS 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles
LRS 14:81.3 Computer-aided Solicitation of a Minor

 

 

Eugene Stoops
New Orleans La 70112
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (250 counts)


Bradley Collins
New Orleans, LA 70112
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (one count of distribution and 55 counts of possession)

 

Jake Snodgrass
Sunset La 70584
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles


Daniel Ponder
New Orleans, LA 70116
Failure to appear - La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles


May 22, 2014

Ryan Fenner Wax
Mandeville, La 70471
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles
La R.S. 14:43 Simple Rape

 

Shawn Allen
Slidell, LA 70460
La RS 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (500 counts of possession under the age of 13 years old)

 

May 23, 2014

Colburn Wheat
Bogalusa La 70427
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

 

Donald Murphy
Pearl River, La. 70452
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (Production under the age of 13)
La R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles
La R.S. 14:81.3 Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor
La R.S. 14:91.5 Unlawful use or access of social media

 

Kristopher Capps
Slidell, La 70460
La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (4 counts)

 

Deerich Bethley
Monroe, LA 71202
LaRS 14:45 Attempted simple Kidnapping

 

Caldwell presents the following internet safety tips for parents to keep in mind:

• Place the computer in a central area of the house such as the family room, den or kitchen.
• Establish specific times when access to the Internet is permitted and keep that schedule.
• Limit the length of access time. This will encourage your child to go directly to the information required, rather than aimlessly wander or surf the Internet.
• Explain to your children that many sites on the Internet are not appropriate for children or young adults, and they are expected to stay away from them.
• Make it clear to your child that you are aware that there is inappropriate material on the Internet, and that looking at such material is forbidden.
• Explain that if a website’s address has adult language in it, the site is not to be visited.
• If the child has access to a credit card, instruct the child never to give it out over the Internet.
• Instruct your child to talk to you if he or she ever finds anything on the Internet that makes them feel uncomfortable.
• Encourage communication with your children. Ask about their Internet experiences and what they have learned.

For more information about Internet safety, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.agbuddycaldwell.com. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call the attorney general’s Cyber Crime Unit at 1-800-256-4506. 
  

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