The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit is back and, unfortunately, it’s because of popular demand.
“More crimes are being committed ‘cyber-ly,’” said Jack.
“It’s non-stop,” said Jill.
The two officers began their work in October after the sheriff’s office had gone several years without a specific Internet crime division. Although their jurisdiction includes identity theft and other variations of Internet fraud, the bulk of their work is in child exploitation and pornography, for which they’ve already made three arrests in the parish.
“Part of our work is, we act as 14-year-old children in open chat rooms,” Jill said.
It usually isn’t that simple, though.
“They (the investigations) can last anywhere from two days to two years,” Jill said. “It’s not illegal for a 46-year-old to chat with a 10-year-old. And of course, you can’t entrap them. They have to come to you.”
The state ethics board has filed separate ethics violation charges against former St. Landry Parish President Don Menard and Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins Sr. in connection with campaign contributions associated with their campaigns for state offices in 2011.
In Cravins’ case, the board brought suit this week in the 27th Judicial District Court here. That suit argues Cravins received what the board feels were improper campaign contributions during his unsuccessful 2011 run for state senator.
He is charged with violating RS 18:1505.2H, which “prohibits a district level office candidate from receiving contributions in excess of $2,500.”
According to the suit, Cravins received a contribution of $5,000 from the TBI Political Action Committee.
The suit also alleged Cravins contributed $2,500 to his son, Dustin Cravins, which is a violation of the law that forbids candidates from making any payments or expenditures to an immediate family member.
According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, workers at the Kajeune’s Chevron station noticed that the front glass door had been damaged for the burglar to gain entry to the station on Dec. 24.
Also, investigators say they believe the man is driving an older model maroon General Motors pickup truck, with an obvious dent of the back tailgate.
If you have any information about this crime, please call St. Landry Crime Stoppers at 337-948-8477.
OPELOUSAS, La. –
“Christopher Demond Lemon was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail and is facing charges for telephone communication harassment, terrorizing and eight counts of communicating false information of a planned arson,” Vizenza said.
Vizena said on Dec. 31, 2012, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff substation in Eunice received a phone call from Lemon telling the dispatcher that “he was currently getting gasoline and his plans were to blow up the sheriff’s office.”