BATON ROUGE — Five Southwest Louisiana men were among the seven arrested by the Attorney General's Office for child pornography and other crimes against children.

"As a father, I do anything to protect my child; and as Attorney General, I do all I legally can to protect all Louisiana children," said General Landry. "Our Cyber Crime Unit and our law enforcement partners share that commitment and work tirelessly to get child predators out of our communities."

Local law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation and arrest of the men involved.

Among those arrested were:

• Tomas Gabriel Chox-Lopez, 20, illegally residing in Lake Charles, was arrested on seven counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Louisiana State Police (LSP), Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO), Sulphur Police Department (SPD) and Westlake Police Department (WPD). Chox-Lopez was previously deported and illegally returned to this country. A detainer has been placed on Chox-Lopez by HSI.

• Robert Edmondson, 47 of Lake Charles, was arrested on 22 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI, FBI, HSI, LSP, CPSO and SPD. Edmondson, a registered sex offender, has additional charges pending from CPSO and SPD.

• Nery Enrique Moreno Orellana, 45 of Lake Charles, was arrested on two counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under 13 and two counts of possession pornography of juveniles over the age of 13. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI, HSI, LSP, CPSO, SPD and WPD.

• George Wannage, 26 of Iowa, was arrested on 14 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation of LBI, LSP, CPSO, SPD and Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office.

• Mark Keefe, 37 of Leesville, was arrested on 200 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI, LSP, SPD, Leesville Police Department and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.

• Byron Brown, 43 of Houma, was arrested on 61 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Offic, and Pennsylvania State Police. Further investigation revealed Brown to be in communication with a third party in Pennsylvania regarding their mutual sexual interest in children and facilitating the sexual abuse of an identified child in Pennsylvania.

• Michael Reynolds, 55 of Slidell, was arrested on 51 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13; 20 counts of producing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13; two counts of first degree rape of a juvenile under the age of 13; five counts of molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13; and one count of oral sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI, HSI, Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services, Slidell Police Department and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

According to a news release from Landry's office, Reynolds took in foster children and other people in need over many years. "More victims are believed to exist; some abused as children would now be in their 20s," the release states.

Landry encourages anyone with information regarding Reynolds to contact the LBI toll-free at 1-800-256-4506. Callers may remain anonymous.

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