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36 suspected child predators face charges in 'Operation Broken Heart'

Source: Brandon Shackelford/WAFB Source: Brandon Shackelford/WAFB
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General opened up Wednesday morning about an investigation that targets internet predators.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced that 36 suspected child predators are facing charges as a result of Operation Broken Heart.

Officials said it is joint initiative between the Attorney General's Office Cyber Crime Unit and other law enforcement agencies.

Caldwell said most of the arrests involved possession or distribution of child pornography.

"If we are not safe and if our kids are not safe, nothing else matters," Caldwell said.

Caldwell's Cyber Crime Unit participated in 20 of the 36 total arrests. The unit, which was formed in 2001, has a strong track record of tireless work to protect children from online predators. In the last 12 months, Caldwell's Cyber Crime Unit has made 95 total arrests.

During Operation Broken Heart, there were also some arrests for more serious charges, including aggravated rape and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Operation Broken Heart II Arrests

1. Name: Chase Aucion

City: New Iberia

Birth Date: 6/28/1994

Arrest Date: 5/15/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (4 counts)

2. Name: Donald Bascle, Jr.

City: Metairie

Birth Date: 6/3/1950

Arrest Date: 4/17/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

3. Name: David Becnel

City: New Orleans

Birth Date: 3/23/1964

Arrest Date: 4/15/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (11 counts)

4. Name: Kolby Black

City: Monroe

Birth Date: 9/1/1987

Arrest Date: 4/20/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution)

5. Name: Gavin Breaux

City: Covington

Birth Date: 12/2/1992

Arrest Date: 4/28/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles

6. Name: Randolph Clement

City: Metairie

Birth Date: 2/16/1945

Arrest Date: 4/16/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.3 Computer Aided Solicitation of Minor

La R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles

La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

7. Name: Albert Doyle

City: Baton Rouge

Birth Date: 5/14/1968

Arrest Date: 5/6/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography involving Juveniles (10 counts) Jefferson

La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (5 counts) East Baton Rouge

La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution 100 counts)

8. Name: Thomas Fleming

City: Slidell

Birth Date: 5/26/1993

Arrest Date: 5/14/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution)

La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (100 counts)

La R.S. 14:42 Aggravated Rape

9. Name: Michael Guinta

City: New Orleans

Birth Date: 9/6/1989

Arrest Date: 4/22/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution)

10. Name: Mark Harris

City: Walker

Birth Date: 11/20/1989

Arrest Date: 4/23/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (9 counts)

11. Name: Jamison Harvey

City: West Monroe

Birth Date: 5/29/1986

Arrest Date: 4/13/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution 8 counts)

12. Name: Gary Helfrich

City: Slidell

Birth Date: 3/3/1966

Arrest Date: 4/2/2015

Charges: La R.S. 15:542.1.4 Failure to Register as a sex offender

13. Name: Christopher Matthews

City: New Orleans

Birth Date: 8/27/1979

Arrest Date: 4/15/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

14. Name: Chad O'Farrell

City: Lacombe

Birth Date: 2/5/1987

Arrest Date: 5/14/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (100 counts)

La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution 1 count)

15. Name: Abraham Oro

City: Kenner

Birth Date: 1/7/1995

Arrest Date: 4/16/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.3 Computer Aided Solicitation of Minor

La R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles

La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles

16. Name: Todd Schmidt

City: St. Louis, MO

Birth Date: 9/29/1970

Arrest Date: 5/14/2015

Charges: MISSOURI STATUTES

Use of a child in a sexual performance 568.080

Furnishing pornographic material to a minor 573.040

17. Name: John Stutzman

City: Ruston

Birth Date: 11/30/1972

Arrest Date: 5/28/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution 7 counts)

18. Name: Jarrett Tillman

City: Slidell

Birth Date: 3/15/1996

Arrest Date: 4/7/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (22 counts)

19. Name: Grant Tingley

City: Metairie

Birth Date: 4/3/1978

Arrest Date: 4/16/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1A(3) Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution 6 counts)

20. Name: William Warren

City: Bastrop

Birth Date: 8/15/1992

Arrest Date: 5/27/2015

Charges: La R.S. 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (3 counts)

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