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Former mayor pleads not guilty to child porn and animal cruelty

Wilson Longanecker Jr. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB) Wilson Longanecker Jr. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB)
GONZALES, LA (WAFB) -

Former Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to 40 counts of child porn and seven counts of animal cruelty.

Prosecutors with the 23rd Judicial District Attorney's Office described the videos authorities seized from the former mayor of Sorrento's home as "vile and horrendous."

He was arrested at his home on October 23, 2014 after state attorney general investigators said they found enough evidence to arrest him on 40 counts of child pornography and one count of obstruction for allegedly trying to hide his computer hard drive.

An investigator with the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit testified in November that she found pornographic videos of children under the age of 13 downloaded to Longanecker's hard drive. Assistant District Attorney, Robin O'Bannon, gave a detailed description of the evidence in court stating the majority of the videos involved females, some as young as three years old.

Officials with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office say they found photographs and videos showing animal cruelty on the computer hard drive they seized from Longanecker's house on Oct. 23.

Another hearing is set for February 20. Tim Pujol, Longanecker's attorney, said in court he is collecting medical records and it is possible Longanecker could change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

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

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