Reserve deputy arrested for child porn

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Kenner police detective's race to find a 13-year-old girl he thought was about to be molested ended in the arrest of a reserve East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy.

It turned out the girl did not even exist. Instead, police say, the deputy himself was going online and pretending to be that girl, even sending out nude photos of her. The reserve deputy, Kevin R. Duke, 51, of Greenwell Springs, was arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

Detective Rob McGraw with the Kenner Police Department says officers arrested a different man on a charge of computer-aided solicitation of a minor. That man, he says, was allegedly using his computer web camera to broadcast live images of himself masturbating. The man thought he was showing that camera image to an underage girl, McGraw said.

When they arrested the man in that particular case, McGraw says the man confessed that he had also been chatting online with a 13-year-old girl in Baton Rouge who had sent him nude pictures of herself. McGraw said he immediately began searching for that girl. "We thought we were trying to find a real little girl to save her from being molested," the detective said. Detectives say they determined the photographs of that 13-year-old girl were being sent from Duke's home in Greenwell Springs, just outside Baton Rouge.

When detectives arrived at the home, they say Duke admitted that he was going online pretending to be a 13-year-old girl and sending out nude pictures of a girl in that age range. Following his arrest, Duke's commission as a volunteer reserve deputy was immediately revoked and his badge was seized, said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Hicks. Investigators say the reserve deputy confessed to both sending and receiving child porn using his home computer.

Deputies say they found more than a dozen images of child pornography on Duke's home computer. "Approximately 15 images of child pornography," the investigator said in the report. "The images depicted juveniles between the approximate age of 7-13 engaging in sexual activity. During an interview of the accused, he admitted possessing, sending and receiving images of child pornography."

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