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Former Sorrento mayor faces 40 counts of child porn possession

Former Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr. (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Former Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr. (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Fmr. Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker's house (Source: Cheryl Mercedes WAFB) Fmr. Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker's house (Source: Cheryl Mercedes WAFB)
SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office confirmed former Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr. of Sorrento was arrested Thursday morning and charged with 40 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of obstruction of justice. 

Early Thursday morning, detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the Office of Homeland Security and the Louisiana State Police went to Longanecker's house to execute a search warrant. Kurt Wall of the State Attorney General's Office says all three agencies were there as part of a cyber crimes investigation. Wall says Longanecker did not cooperate.

"He attempted to hide some of the evidence as we were executing the search warrant," said Wall.

Wall says officers found enough evidence to arrest Longanecker on 40 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles. When he tried to hide the evidence is when he was charged with obstruction of justice. 

As for what led to the investigation, Wall is not saying much.

"Unfortunately, I can't go into a lot of the details of how the evidence was developed," he said.

The evidence law enforcement officers say they found in Longanecker's house is enough to make some people sick.

The town's new police chief, Fern Barnett, says the news is a big hit to Sorrento. It comes at a time when the community is recovering from a federal investigation involving former police chief Earl Theriot. The Attorney General's Office says this is likely not the end of the law's presence in the small town.

"We will continue to analyze the evidence that was seized today and we'll go where ever that evidence leads us," said Wall.

Longanecker is charged with violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, distribute, possess, or possess with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles. 

If convicted as charged, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of child pornography and obstruction of justice; which in this case, could be 800 years.

"Crimes like this illustrate how important it is to actively, aggressively pursue those who exploit our children," said Attorney General Caldwell. "I'm proud of the efforts of my Cyber Crime Unit and I thank our law enforcement officers who helped build the case. My office is fully committed to stopping this activity with the best technology available."

Longanecker was elected mayor of Sorrento in 2011 and served until 2013.

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