An additional 12 Louisiana men have been arrested for Internet crimes against children as a result of Operation Broken Heart, which has now netted 75 arrests following an initial two-month investigation. Nine of the 75 arrested are from Southwest Louisiana.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Monday that though the initial operation has ended, his office has "not stopped our efforts to protect Louisiana children."
"We remain relentless in tracking down those who use the Internet to sexually exploit and abuse children," Landry said in an email to the American Press.
Operation Broken Heart, led by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force — a national network of more than 4,500 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies — identified 63 suspects between April 1 and May 31 who produced, distributed and possessed child pornography; engaged in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; engaged in the sex trafficking of children; and/or traveled across state lines or to foreign countries to sexually abuse children.
Eight of those initially arrested are from Southwest Louisiana, including Brian Pool of DeQuincy, 96 counts of possession and two counts obstruction of justice; Mark Williamson of Sulphur, eight counts of possession; David Wayne O'Neal of Vinton, 19 counts of possession; Michael Ryan Heape of Sulphur, 25 counts of possession; Terry Scott Cepowski of Moss Bluff, five counts of possession; Caleb Hickman of DeQuincy, 50 counts of possession; Jack Vincent Jameson of DeRidder, 170 counts of possession; and Travis Shane Ryan of Lake Charles, five counts of possession, indecent behavior with juveniles, and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
Landry announced Monday that Jordan Johnson, 21, of Lake Charles was among 12 additional arrests made as a result of the investigation. He is charged with four counts of production and four counts of distribution of pornography of juveniles under the age of 13.
Landry said Johnson's arrest was a result of an investigation by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Louisiana Probation and Parole and the Sulphur Police Department.
Landry said to report a suspected case of Internet crimes, call 1-800-256-4506