3 arrests, over 200 combined counts of child-exploitation in New Orleans area sting
POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:04am
NEW ORLEANS (NBC33) — Three New Orleans area men were arrested for exploiting children after being caught in an undercover, internet crimes operation, reports the Attorney General’s Office.
The sting, known as “Operation Lighthouse,” was done in late February and involved several state and local agencies.
During the operation, eight search warrants were executed resulting in three arrests.
Around 36 cases were initiated for investigation involving the online solicitation of juveniles for sexual purposes in Louisiana, as well as the initiation of several cases involving the downloading and uploading of images and videos of child sexual exploitation.
Many of the cases initiated during the undercover operation remain under investigation, and further arrests are possible as a result of the effort.
The following arrests have been made to date:
Doulgas Paulson, 64, of New Orleans, was charged with 200 counts of pornography involving juveniles and two counts of video voyeurism.
Based on information obtained from the undercover operation, as well as evidence collected during a search warrant of the suspect’s residence, Paulson was arrested and booked into Orleans Parish Prison on Feb. 25. Additional charges are pending from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Zachary Nusloch, 25, of Metairie, was arrested on computer aided solicitation of a minor and attempted felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Nusloch communicated with an individual he believed to be an adult female and arranged to meet a female, whom he believed to be her 14-year-old daughter, for sex.
On Feb. 25, Nusloch arrived at a predetermined location with the intention of having sex with whom he believed to be the adult female and her daughter. Nusloch was arrested on site and booked into Orleans Parish Prison.
David Garcea, 49, of Covington, was arrested on 45 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles and one count of distributing pornography involving juveniles.
After receiving child pornography sent by Garcea, investigators obtained a search warrant for his residence.
During an onsite preview of Garcea’s electronic devices, investigators located 45 images of suspected child pornography. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Feb. 27.
To report cases of internet crimes against children, contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit at 1-800-256-4506.