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Sep 11, 2013 9:11 AM by AP

Ascension deputy booked on child porn counts

GONZALES, La. (AP) - An Ascension Parish sheriff's deputy has been arrested and fired after authorities found alleged evidence he exchanged inappropriate pictures and text messages with a 15-year-old juvenile.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley says 24-year-old Todd Tripp, of Gonzales, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail Tuesday on counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and possession of child pornography.

Wiley said he received a tip Tuesday morning about Tripp's relationship with the teenager and acted quickly on the allegations.

Tripp had been employed by the sheriff's office for 18 months, working mostly in the jail and was training to become a patrolman.

It was unclear whether Tripp has an attorney.

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