Troopers arrest online sex predator

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Tuesday Louisiana state police arrested an Erath man for illicit behavior involving juveniles as part of their program “Operation Child Watch” to protect children from sexual predators.

Beginning in February of this year detectives with Louisiana State Police have partnered with federal officials for an investigation of online chat rooms. During this investigation the detectives posed as young girls on chat sites.

During this time the detectives encountered 21 year old Micah Landry who they say had explicit sexual conversations involving photographs with the detectives he believed to be young girls. After setting up a meeting Landry was taken into custody yesterday without incident.

“How easy is it for a young child to be believing that they are speaking to someone perfectly friendly who may not hurt them, so we want to encourage parents to use those resources to speak with their kids” said State Trooper Stephen Hammons.

Landry has been booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and is facing charges of possession of a stolen firearm, computer aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

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