POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:04pm
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA — A 24-year-old Terrytown man has been charged with Computer-aided Solicitation of a Minor for Sexual Purposes and Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile. This is the first time in the history of the Sheriff’s Office that an arrest has been made for computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes.
The PPSO learned that local underage females were being requested on social media networking sites by male adults to meet in person to engage in sexual activity. In August, the PPSO launched an undercover operation regarding this illegal activity.
On Wednesday, August 28, an undercover PPSO Detective, posing as an underage female, was contacted via computer by Justin Lynn Kerr.
Kerr believed that he was communicating with a 15-year-old girl residing in the Belle Chasse area. Throughout the day, Kerr allegedly explained in detail several sex acts that he wished to perform. Furthermore, Kerr sent several nude pictures of himself. In the afternoon, Kerr requested that the teenager sneak out of her residence later that night for him to pick her up at a predetermined location.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., Kerr contacted, who he thought was the juvenile, and informed her that he was at the location waiting. Upon his arrival, Kerr was positively identified by investigators, taken into custody without incident, and his cellular telephone was seized.
Kerr was transported the PPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau in Belle Chasse for further investigation. During an interview, Kerr provided a full confession regarding the PPSO investigation. Additionally, Kerr informed detectives that he had been questioned by another Louisiana law enforcement agency in the past in reference to allegedly meeting underage girls. The PPSO is currently working with that law enforcement agency to further this investigation.
As a result of information obtained during Kerr’s interview, PPSO detectives coordinated with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and conducted a search of his residence. During the search, investigators seized a computer and an additional cellular phone as possible evidence.
Kerr was subsequently transported oon the aforementioned charges.
On August 30, Kerr was released from custody after posting a $25,000 bond.