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DeRidder man, jr. high band director accused of child porn distribution

Robert McNamee (Source: Louisiana State Police) Robert McNamee (Source: Louisiana State Police)
DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) -

A DeRidder man is accused of child pornography distribution.

According to a Friday news release from Louisiana State Police, 65-year-old Robert McNamee was employed by the Beauregard Parish School Board as a junior high school band director at the time of his arrest.

McNamee is facing a charge of distribution of child pornography. He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail on Thursday.

Troopers say McNamee's arrest came after an investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office.

"A search of McNamee's computer revealed the presence of images of sexually abused children," Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson said in the release.

A warrant was the result of an Operation Child Watch investigation initiated by State Police detectives, Anderson said.

Anderson said if convicted, McNamee faces up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Anderson said the mission of Operation Child Watch is to rescue children from the potential abuse of child predators by targeting those individuals with sexually explicit images and/or videos on their computers.  

"This is an ongoing effort, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies," he added.

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