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Apr 24, 2013 3:15 PM by Tonya LaCoste Pictured: Joshua Villa

Attorney General's office arrest accused sexual predators; four in Acadiana

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office arrested 9 accused sexual predators across the southern part of the state. Four of those people live in Acadiana.

Agents with the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children conducted an undercover investigation, working with hundreds of local, parish, state and federal law enforcement agencies to find online sexual predators. "Louisiana's ICAC Task Force is committed to working tirelessly to pursue those who exploit and victimize our children through the Internet," said Attorney General Caldwell. "This latest roundup is just another example of the Task Force's outstanding efforts in the fight against child predators."

The four Acadiana arrests are:

Jude Stelly, 29, of 1094 Mustang Circle, St. Martinville, charged with 10 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles; 10 counts of distributing pornography involving juveniles; booked into St. Martin Parish Prison

Tony J. Latiolais, 46, of 1119 Clifton Angelle, Breaux Bridge, charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor; booked into St. Martin Parish Prison

Joshua Villa, 33, of 101 Janin Road, Broussard, charged with aggravated incest; 20 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles; 9 counts of distributing pornography involving juveniles, 5 counts of producing pornography involving juveniles; booked into Lafayette Parish Prison

Chad Sonnier, 32, of 853 E. Venable St., Church Point, charged with pornography involving juveniles; booked into Acadia Parish Prison

Other across in the state:

John Andrew Becnel, 22, of 42391 Hwy 621, Gonzales, charged with 20 counts of pornography involving juveniles; booked into Ascension Parish Prison

Michael Wesley, 57, of 22945 Jade Drive, Plaquemines, charged with 11 counts of pornography involving juveniles; booked into Iberville Parish Prison

Bradley Bourque, 32, of 13535 Devall Road, Baton Rouge, charged with 25 counts of pornography involving juveniles; booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

Lucas Wimberly, 27, of 648 Arsene Lebleu Rd., Lake Charles, charged with 10 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles; 5 counts of distributing pornography involving juveniles; booked into Calcasieu Parish Prison

Robert Hawes, 58, of 615 W. Napoleon Street, Sulphur, charged with 16 counts of pornography involving juveniles; booked into Calcasieu Parish Prison


To date, Louisiana ICAC Task Force and the Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit has arrested 482 suspected child predators and conducted 1,167 ICAC presentations and community outreach programs attended by more than 144,000 individuals since 2006. The ICAC Task Force has also completed more than 4,000 forensic examinations and assisted in 482 successful prosecutions throughout Louisiana, according to the attorney general.

Assisting the Attorney General's Office with these arrests were the Attorney General's High Technology Crime and Fugitive Apprehension Units, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Postal Service, Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, New Orleans Police Department, West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, West Baton Rouge Probation and Parole, Baton Rouge Police Department, Slidell Police Department, St. Martin Sheriff's Office, Bossier City Marshall's Office, Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, Iberville Sheriff's Office, Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Landry Sheriff's Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, and Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office.

*The only picture available is of Joshua Villa

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