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Man wants pay for snakes seized in porn case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man serving 30 years for allegedly enticing a teenager to pose for pornographic pictures with venomous snakes has filed a federal lawsuit seeking compensation for the loss of his reptiles.

John Joseph Maillet's lawsuit says his snakes were worth more than $12,000 and that he didn't have the chance to object to their forfeiture because he wasn't properly notified of court filings.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., the same place Maillet was sentenced on the enticement conviction in January 2011.

Maillet, of Port Jervis, N.Y., was living in Carriere, Miss., when he allegedly enticed a 15-year-old girl to pose with the snakes in 2007.

Mallet's lawsuit also says the number of snakes listed in government filings mysteriously changed from 41 to 12.

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