BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana State Police are reporting the largest seizure of child pornography in the state's history.
According to state police, detectives on the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit arrested three men after three separate investigations led them to arrests and the seizure of over one million illicit files.
Police said the investigations focused on the production and distribution of child pornography in Louisiana. Search warrants uncovered over 800 DVD’s, 13 portable storage devices, numerous cell phones and multiple laptop computers. State police said the electronic devices all contained lewd and lascivious pornographic images and videos of children.
Within the seized files, Troopers discovered videos which depicted the rape of infant children.
The following is a brief summary of each of the separate arrests:
- June 10, 2016: Detectives with the Louisiana State Police (SVU) Shreveport Field Office executed a search warrant at the residence of 51-year-old James Dalton Vail of Shreveport, LA. Vail was found to be in possession of over one million illicit files. Vail was subsequently arrested and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for 51 counts of Distribution of Pornography Involving Juveniles and 1,500 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
- June 10, 2016: Detectives with the Louisiana State Police (SVU) New Orleans Field Office, with the assistance of the Louisiana Department of Justice, United States Office of Homeland Security, and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of 30 year old Steven Paul Lucia of LaPlace, LA. The search resulted in Lucia’s arrest for Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Marijuana. Furthermore, Lucia was arrested for Contempt of Court warrants in St. John and Terrebonne Parish.
- June 8, 2016: Detectives with the Louisiana State Police (SVU) Alexandria Field Office, with the assistance of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of 35 year old Nicholas Bordelon of Hessmer, LA. The warrant resulted in the arrest of Bordelon for over three hundred separate counts of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.
Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent said Louisiana State Police will employ all available investigative resources and will remain vigilant as long as individuals choose to possess, distribute, and promote child pornography.
“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,” Edmonson said. "This is a team effort as we continue to partner with law enforcement agencies across the state to bring these criminals to justice.”
All three of these investigations remain on-going. Louisiana State Police encourage anyone with any additional information to contact the Louisiana State Police at (318) 484-2194. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may visit http://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/suspicious.nsf/WebForm to file an online complaint.