Three people were arrested last week in what Louisiana State Police are calling the largest seizure of child pornography in the department’s history.
James Dalton Vail, Steven Paul Lucia and Nicholas Bordelon were arrested on multiple charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, state police said Tuesday.
“The arrests led to the largest ever seizure of child pornography by the Louisiana State Police to date, totaling over 1 million illicit files seized,” officials said in a statement.
Vail is from Shreveport, Lucia is from LaPlace, and Bordelon is from Hessmer.
Officials said the arrests were made by the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit. The separate statewide investigations focused on the production and distribution of child pornography in the state.
Troopers seized over 800 DVDs, 13 portable storage devices, several cellphones and multiple laptop computers. Investigators said the electronic devices contained “lewd and lascivious pornographic images and videos of children.”
“Within the seized files, troopers discovered videos which depicted the rape of infant children,” officials said in a news release.
Bordelon was arrested Wednesday at his home in Hessmer. Troopers at the Alexandria field office were assisted by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on a warrant for over 300 separate counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, state police said.
Vail was arrested Friday at his home in Shreveport. He was found to be in possession of over 1 million illicit files, state police said. He was taken to the Caddo Correctional Center for 51 counts of distribution of child pornography involving juveniles and 1,500 counts of possession of child pornography.
Lucia was arrested Friday at his home in LaPlace. Troopers were assisted by the Louisiana Department of Justice, Homeland Security and the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office. His arrested includes charges of distribution of child pornography, possession of marijuana and contempt of court warrants.
“We created the Special Victims Unit for exactly this purpose with a focus on rescuing victims and targeting perpetrators of crimes involving the exploitation of children and the trafficking of humans for sex or labor,” said Col. Mike Edmonson, state police superintendent.
Investigators said the separate investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information about the cases are asked to call state police at 318-484-2194.
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