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Harahan Seeks Cyber-Crimes Unit to Catch Online Sex Predators

From the Times Picayune

Harahan moved Thursday night to establish its own cyber-crimes unit in the Police Department, hoping to catch online sexual predators who target children in the city of 9,277. The City Council voted 5-0 to request help setting up the unit from the Kenner Police Department, which started one in 2006.

Online solicitation of children in Harahan has not been known to be a problem, but Councilwoman Dana Huete said the potential is real. “With advanced technology now, our kids have iPads and iPhones, and we can’t always police what they’re doing,” said Huete, who sponsored the resolution.

Harahan has no money earmarked for the project, but Huete said it will seek a grant. Police Chief Mac Dickinson likely will assign an officer to work part-time on cyber-crime, she said.

Kenner police have made more than 50 arrests since starting their cyber-crimes unit six years ago, often using an officer posing online as an underaged girl. The suspects have been as near as Kenner and as far away as California and England, said Sgt. Robert McGraw, who staffs the Kenner unit.

“Just remember every time you’re child logs online, there are people all over the world looking to solicit them for sex,” he said.


The crime of “computer aided solicitation of a minor” became law in Louisiana on August 15, 2005.

The penalties for violating the computer-aided solicitation statute are severe. For a first offender, the sentencing guidelines require a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years and a possible maximum of 10 years along with a fine of up to $10,000.  Whoever commits this crime must register as a sex offender.  The statute also specifically denies eligibility for probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

Whoever is convicted of the crime Computer-aided Solicitation of a Minor shall  Register as a Sex Offender for 25 years, to be conducted semi-annually.



If you or a loved one has been accused of a Sex Crime, you should contact a New Orleans Sex Crime Defense Attorney as soon as possible.   Elizabeth B. Carpenter Law.   Ms. Carpenter is dedicated to defending and protecting the rights of those accused of Sex Crimes.  We are here to help you, not judge you!



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