Covering Louisiana

Aug 20, 2014 1:28 PM by Alex Labat

Leesville Man Accused of Child Sex Trafficking

Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit arrested 66-year-old Ernest Kickel Jr. for attempted aggravated rape and for trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

On August 18th, Louisiana State Police's Special Victims Unit received information from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Task Force concerning Kickel Jr. In the course of their investigation, they say they discovered the Leesville man was attempting to buy a 10-year-old child for sexual purposes. After obtaining a search warrant, items were allegedly located in Kickel Jr's home that indicated his plan to have sex with the minor.

Kickel Jr. was booked into the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department Detention Center. His bond is set at $1.5 million, and the investigation remains ongoing.

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