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Police arrest Hammond man on child porn charges

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19-year-old Brandon Brown (Source: TPSO) 19-year-old Brandon Brown (Source: TPSO)
HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) -

Police arrested a Hammond man Thursday on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Investigators booked 19-year-old Brandon Brown into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on 15 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles on Aug. 20, according to a release from Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office.

The arrest is the results of an investigating from the Louisiana Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Units, the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police and Homeland Security.

"This is just one more example of how working together with our local, state and federal partners is essential in the fight to keep our kids safe from those who try to exploit our children online," said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. "It takes cooperation on all levels to get the job done right."

The investigation began based on a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to investigators. When agents from the Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on Brown's home they found "numerous pornographic images and video of children under 13 years of age," according to the release.

Caldwell said the investigation remains ongoing and the evidence will be further investigated.

"We are using all available resources to leave no stone unturned in these cyber crime cases. My office is continuing to build and refine a top-notch cyber crime fighting unit by adding the latest technology and tools available to assist my (Cyber Crimes Unit) along with law enforcement agencies across Louisiana," Caldwell said. "This will help us advance the war against online predators who prey on our children."

If convicted, Brown faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the 16 counts against him.

 

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