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2 Slidell men in custody for separate sex crimes involving 13-year-old girls

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Two Slidell men are in custody for multiple sex crimes, and both cases involved 13-year-old victims.

Slidell police say sexual predators are more and more often using social media to track their victims.

"In this particular case, Mr. Jones was portraying himself to be a younger person than he really was. So these girls, they didn't think he was a 23-year-old man. They thought he was a teenager," said Detective Daniel Seuzeneau.

Police say a 13-year-old rape victim told police she was attacked by 17-year-old Daniel Jones, but the name and age turned out to be an alias for 23-year-old Bert McDaniel Jones. Jones is a registered sex offender, and police say his apartment sits across the street from Slidell High School.

"Even more disturbing, he was released from prison a month ago to the day of the alleged rape," said Seuzeneau.

Bert McDaniel Jones served four years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old, and police say he was quick to return to sex crimes after he got out on Jan. 5.

His Facebook page was listed under the alias Daniel Jones, and police believe he used apps that are popular among younger people similar to Tinder, Instagram and Snapchat.

"And we're still investigating the potential possibility that he was trying to get into young youth church groups saying he was 17 so they'd accept him in so he could pray on teenage girls," said Seuzeneau.

Across town, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office worked with the Attorney General's office to arrest 33-year-old David Michael Hall for aggravated incest, molestation of a juvenile and 20 counts of producing pornography involving juveniles.

"Some of the child pornography on some of the devices were homemade images that appeared to have been taken by Mr. Hall," said investigator David Ferris.

Ferris said the high technology crime unit uses a variety of methods to track predators. The methods include engaging with criminals in online chat rooms. Ferris said the photos they find have victims as young as infants, and they're often more horrific than anyone can imagine.

"It's really not child pornography. It's crime scene images of a child being raped or it's child abuse images, basically," said Ferris.

Ferris says studies show that individuals who are arrested for child pornography admit to hands-on abuse of children up to 80 percent of the time.

"So it's just disturbing all the way around," said Seuzeneau.

Police say one of the best ways to protect your children is to monitor their online activity and stay up to date with the latest apps and social media tools they're using.

On Friday, law enforcement agencies said they were still investigating both of the Slidell cases. Investigators said there's a possibility that there are more victims. Anyone with information about the alleged crimes are urged to contact authorities.

The Attorney General's office sends this reminder:

"As Internet crimes escalate, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is allocating resources to vigorously monitor, arrest, and prosecute online child predators. The Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes which have victimized children from infants to 17 years of age. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506."

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