Abbeville man one of two arrested on Child Pornography Charges by Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit
Paul Ezra Campbell
BATON ROUGE — Two Acadiana men, including Paul Ezra Campbell of Abbeville, are behind bars after an undercover cyber crime investigation revealed the men were distributing child pornography.
Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) yesterday arrested 39-year-old Kenneth Poullard, of 905 W. 11th Street in Crowley, on 50 counts of possessing and a single count of distributing pornography involving juveniles. The arrest comes as a result of a joint investigation involving the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Poullard was arrested at his residence and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.
In a separate incident, 40-year-old Paul Ezra Campbell, of 1611 Graceland Ave, in Abbeville, was also arrested on Thursday and booked into the Vermilion Parish Jail on 21 counts of possessing and one count of distributing pornography involving juveniles. The joint investigation involved the Attorney General’s CCU, Homeland Security Investigations, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Both Poullard and Campbell were caught as a result of undercover cyber crime investigations into the sharing of child pornography online. Investigators were able to determine that the men had made images of child pornography available for download. Upon the execution of search warrants at each of the suspect’s homes on Thursday, agents discovered dozens of child pornography images stored on their computers.
If convicted, the men face up to 20 years in prison on each count of child pornography.
As Internet crimes escalate, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is allocating resources to vigorously monitor, arrest, and prosecute online child predators. The Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes which have victimized children from infants to 17 years of age. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.