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Human trafficking suspect faces additional charges, troopers seeking to identify victims

Posted at 4:38 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 17:38:02-05

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. - A human trafficking suspect is facing additional charges and troopers are seeking to identify victims.

On February 25, 2021, troopers from Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit rebooked 28-year-old Joseph William Haidler, of Mandeville, into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on three additional counts of computer-aided solicitation of a minor. Haidler was originally arrested in the United States Virgin Islands and extradited back to St. Tammany Parish in July of 2020 on charges of trafficking of a child for sexual purposes, rape, and computer-aided solicitation of a minor, according to a spokesperson for the Louisiana State Police.

Troopers learned that after Haidler's initial arrest, he continued using a popular social media application “Snapchat” to solicit girls between the ages of 13-15 for sexually explicit content. Search warrants were obtained for several of the alleged accounts, which revealed the names of more than one thousand potential victims to whom he reached out to through Snapchat.

Investigators say in each of the accounts, Haidler sent photographs of an open computer screen depicting a bank balance of tens of thousands of dollars, and would ask the girls if they wanted a "sugar daddy". He would also send two particular photographs of himself.

Haidler appears to be targeting high school aged girls in St. Tammany Parish.

Haidler was out on bond when it was learned he solicited additional victims who have since been identified, according to police.

Attached are two photographs allegedly sent by Haidler from various alias accounts. If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact the Louisiana State Police Special Victim's Unit- New Orleans office: 504-310-7000.

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