Louisiana AG announces four cybercrime arrests associated with juveniles

Louisiana AG announces four cybercrime arrests associated with juveniles

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the arrest of four men accused of cybercrimes associated with juveniles.

Slidell resident Chad Ruiz, 32. He was arrested on one count of computer aided solicitation of a juvenile, and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. If convicted, Ruiz faces up to a combined 17 years for both charges.

29-year-old John Wellman, of Slidell, was arrested on 99 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles, and one count of possession of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13.

Wisner Resident Billy Ray Parker, 51, was arrested for distribution of child pornography involving juveniles.

40-year-old Anthony Kurtz, of Livingston, was arrested on 500 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles as well as 50 counts of distribution of pornography involving juveniles.

Possession or distribution of pornography involving juveniles is punishable by up to 20 years in prison for each count.

"My Cyber Crime Unit partners with law enforcement agencies from across Louisiana to identify and apprehend criminals who use the Internet to prey upon our most vulnerable citizens," Attorney General Caldwell said. "Over the last year, we've made more than 100 arrests in our efforts to make Louisiana a safer and better place for our children and families."

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