Local man convicted of solicitation and marijuana crime

Local man convicted of solicitation and marijuana crime

POSTED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 1:22pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 1:22pm

A Baton Rouge man was convicted of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and cultivating marijuana following a bench trial on October 5, before state district court judge Louis R. Daniel, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. Both crimes are felonies.

Joseph Justin “Tank” Nowacki, 24, was charged with using the Internet to solicit an individual he believed was a 14-year-old girl. The “girl” was actually an undercover investigator from the Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit posing as a 14-year-old child.

Upon executing a search warrant of Nowacki’s apartment relative to the Internet solicitation case, investigators also discovered an enclosed marijuana grow room with marijuana plants growing inside the special room found in Nowacki’s apartment.

Nowacki faces up to 10 years in prison at hard labor for the solicitation charge and up to 30 years on the marijuana charge.

Members of Louisiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana State Police, and the Attorney General’s Office, were instrumental in the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Martin.

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