Deputy arrested in operation child watch case

The following is a Press Release from the Louisiana State Police:

Today, Louisiana State Police in cooperation with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office arrested an Iberia Parish Sheriff's Deputy on charges related to child pornography.

Earlier this month, detectives with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Bureau of Investigations initiated an investigation into the illegal use of child pornography.  During the course of the investigation, Iberia Parish detectives learned that the person involved was possibly a deputy with their department.  As soon as detectives made this discovery, they contacted State Police detectives and requested their assistance in the continuance of this sensitive case.

When State Police detectives began assisting with the ongoing investigation, they were able to gather evidence indicating that 32-year-old Daniel Bourque of Erath, LA, was downloading images depicting child pornography.  Based on the evidence acquired during the investigation, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for Bourque's residence.

Today, State Police detectives were assisted by the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department Bureau of Investigations, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office to serve the search warrant at Bourque's residence.

During a preliminary search, detectives discovered over 100 images and movies which depicted child pornography that was saved on digital storage media devices at the residence.  Detectives placed Bourque under arrest without incident, and booked him into the Vermilion Parish Jail for 100 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Detectives do not currently suspect that any of the images were downloaded while Bourque was working in his official capacity as a deputy for the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.  This case still remains under investigation and detectives are not ruling out the possibility additional charges.

This case was a part of Operation Child Watch.  The mission of Operation Child Watch is to rescue children from those individuals who prey on the innocence of a child.  Troopers will continue to work with our local law enforcement partners to locate and arrest these individuals.  If you know anyone involved in the sexual exploitation of children you are asked to call troopers at 337-262-3341.