BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man and a Sulphur man were arrested in an undercover investigation targeting alleged child predators across the state.
Lucas Wimberly, 27, of Lake Charles, has been charged with 10 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles and five counts of distribution of pornography involving juveniles.
Robert Hawes, 58, of Sulphur, has been charged with 16 counts of pornography involving juveniles.
Both were booked into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
According to a news release from the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, agents with the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested nine people statewide as part of the investigation.
"Louisiana's ICAC Task Force is committed to working tirelessly to pursue those who exploit and victimize our children through the Internet," said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. "This latest roundup is just another example of the Task Force's outstanding efforts in the fight against child predators."
The Louisiana ICAC Task Force was established in 2001 by the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, officials said. The task force reportedly works with hundreds of affiliate local, parish, state and federal law enforcement agencies to prevent online sexual exploitation of children.
Also arrested were:
John Andrew Becnel, 22, of Gonzales. He was charged with 20 counts of pornography involving juveniles. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison.
Michael Wesley, 57, of Plaquemines. He was charged with 11 counts of pornography involving juveniles and booked into Iberville Parish Prison.
Bradley Bourque, 32, of Baton Rouge, was charged with 25 counts of pornography involving juveniles and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Jude Stelly, 29, of St. Martinville, was charged with 10 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles and 10 counts of distributing pornography involving juveniles. He was booked into the St. Martin Parish Prison.
Tony J. Latiolais, 46, of Breaux Bridge, was charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor. He was booked into the St. Martin Parish Prison.
Joshua Villa, 33, of Broussard, was charged with aggravated incest, 20 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles, nine counts of distributing pornography involving juveniles and five counts of producing pornography involving juveniles. He was booked into Lafayette Parish Prison.
Chad Sonnier, 32, of Church Point, was charged with pornography involving juveniles and was booked into Acadia Parish Prison.
Authorities said additional arrests are possible as the investigations continue.