BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Members of Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell's Cyber Crime Unit announced today they have arrested two men on charges related to the exploitation of children online.
Darius V. Sellers, 32, of 518 S. Jefferson Ave., Apt. #607, Covington, was arrested after investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) reported they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding an individual using a social networking app to solicit children online.
The investigation led agents to Sellers' residence where he was arrested and subsequently booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile. If convicted, Sellers faces up to 17 years in prison.
The arrest comes as a result of a joint effort between the Attorney General's CCU, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit, and Covington Police Department.
In an unrelated incident, Scott Mowry, 57, of 6310 Coteau Lot #28, New Iberia, was arrested on 35 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles.
Investigators executed a search of Mowry's residence where they say they found numerous images of child pornography.
He was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail by the Attorney General's CCU with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.
Mowry is charged with violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, distribute, possess, or possess with intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles. If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of 20 years in prison on each count.