The administration of a private school in Grand Coteau professed surprise when a member of its administration was arrested and charged with a number of felonies arising out of his alleged efforts to make and distribute sexual images of children. The man served as both the school's athletic director and basketball coach. He was charged with attempted production of sexual abuse images and videos of children, indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
Possession of pornographic images of children under the age of 13 is an especially serious crime. Most such crimes are treated as felonies, and the penalties can be very severe for persons who are repeat offenders or registered sex offenders. Two recent arrests of registered sex offenders by the Louisiana State Cyber Crimes Unit demonstrate the potential consequences of collecting and possessing child pornography.
Louisiana's legislature has been revising the state's criminal law system in order to shed the state's informal title as the "incarceration capital of the world. One of the central features of the legislative program is the reduction in prison sentences and shortening of incarceration periods for convicted criminals. Critics of these changes were given another argument when a convict given early release under the new laws was arrested on suspicion of two felonies five days after his discharge from prison.
On October 18, 2017, officers from the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office discovered three bodies in two different locations. After what police officers described as a "very intense investigation," a brother and sister from Alexandria, Louisiana have been charged with several felonies in connection with the alleged murders.
Three male residents of South Louisiana have been arrested and charged with a variety of crimes involving child pornography. The arrests were the result of the cooperative efforts of the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation's cyber crime unit, the United States Department of Homeland Security and the various local Sheriff's offices. The three suspects all face a number of felony charges.
State Police recently arrested a man at Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans and accused him and two accomplices of defrauding a casino in Baton Rouge. Police also say that the arrest may be the first step in breaking up a string of casino thefts around the United States. The man was charged with felony theft.
Police in Bossier City, LA and Beaumont, TX cooperated in apprehending a Louisiana man after he allegedly robbed his employer and kidnaped his supervisor. The man is now in custody and facing serious felony charges.
Cell phones are not just for making calls. Baton Rouge residents use their handheld devices to search the Internet, find driving directions, make dining reservations, send emails and quite often take pictures. The high resolution of many phone cameras makes them a good option for people who do not wish to carry separate cameras so that they may capture the special moments in their lives. And thanks in part to the ubiquity of cell phone cameras, individuals across the nation have begun taking "selfies" at an incredible rate.
Criminal allegations can change the course of a Baton Rouge resident's life, particularly when those allegations involve the alleged commission of a felony. As previously discussed on this Louisiana criminal defense legal blog a felony charge can result in a more severe sentence upon conviction than a sentence based on a conviction for a misdemeanor charge.
Not all felony charges involve physical violence. In Baton Rouge and jurisdictions through the United States a person can face serious long-term consequences for alleged criminal acts that they did not even know they were committing or intending to pursue. One such charge is forgery, and this post will explore what is required for such an allegation to be made by criminal prosecutors.