Four more INTERNET PREDATORS caught

One man is accused of exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl. Another man was jailed on a charge of possessing child pornography with children as young as 2 years old.

Police say another man talked sexually with a minor online while at work.

The men were recently caught and arrested by the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a 15-agency task force with a mission to capture Internet predators.

“Your children are already being hit on, being sexually approached,” Bossier City Marshal Johnny Wyatt said of online predators.

Wyatt joined Caddo Parish District Attorney-elect Charles Scott and other law enforcement officials at a press conference Tuesday afternoon hosted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator to announce the arrests.

“One of these fools we arrested could be hitting on your daughter or son,” Prator said.

Those arrested were:John Robbins, 44, a man from Krugerville, Texas. He was arrested on indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor charges. Police said Robbins thought he was talking to a 12-year-old girl online and sent pictures of him exposing himself.

Clayton Bowers, 23, of Shreveport. He was arrested on a computer-aided solicitation of a minor charge. Prator said Bowers thought he was “sexually exploiting” a 14-year-old girl online — while he was at work.

Laurence Finch, 36, of Blanchard. Finch is accused of possessing child pornography with children as young as 2 years old. Interpol got involved, as it alerted the task force of Finch’s suspected online pornography through international boundaries, and Prator said sheriff’s deputies confiscated five computers and nine hard drives’ worth of material.

Larry Esque, of Shreveport. Esque was arrested on three counts of child molestation, against three complainants, Prator said.

“We have still not conquered the problem of Internet solicitation,” he said.

The task force, established in 2006, consists of multiple investigators from different agencies trolling Web sites and chat rooms posing as underage girls and boys. When an Internet predator begins to advance on them, detectives record the details and eventually arrest the subject.

Wyatt said the agency has arrested more than 100 Internet predators in the three years since its inception, .

Scott, who will become Caddo Parish’s district attorney next year, said he would take a “serious” look when decided sentencing for alleged predators caught by the task force.

Prator urged parents to be extra cautious during the holiday season, especially when choosing computers as Christmas gifts, or letting children stay home on winter break by themselves.

“All I’m saying is: watch out for your kids,” Prator said.

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