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Zachary man charged in juvenile solicitation case

Latrell Stepter (Source: EBRSO) Latrell Stepter (Source: EBRSO)
Latrell Stepter (Source: BRPD) Latrell Stepter (Source: BRPD)

A man wanted by Baton Rouge Police Detectives is now behind bars. Police say between November 2012 and May 2013, Latrell Stepter sent sexually related content online to a 16-year-old male. Police also say Stepter used threat and coercion to continue his conversation with the teen.

Detectives arrested the 20-year-old Zachary, LA resident and charged him with indecent behavior with juveniles, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and cyberbullying.

According to detectives, Stepter is accused of repeatedly texting a 16-year old male juvenile from multiple cell phone numbers earlier this year, soliciting homosexual acts. Then later, possibly posing as a female, Stepter is accused of soliciting the same male victim to send nude photos and sexually explicit videos of himself, which he did. The victim later found someone had created a fake Facebook page in his name and had posted these photographs.

Police say Stepter initiated contact with the victim, and this time identifying himself by his real name, claiming he was also being blackmailed by a female who had more nude photos of both him and the victim.

Stepter told the juvenile victim that if he didn't meet him to perform a homosexual act the female blackmailer was going to post both of their nude photos to the internet and Stepter would also physically beat up the victim. Investigators believe Stepter was in fact posing as the fictitious female blackmailer.

Stepter was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Monday.

It is believed that Stepter may have also victimized others who have not reported their incidents to police. Anyone who has been inappropriately solicited or contacted by Stepter is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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