Minnesota teen runaway located in home of Lafayette man; additional child pornography charges

Photo provided by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

A runaway juvenile from Minnesota was located in Lafayette at the home of a 52-year-old man. Investigators also discovered that the man was in possession of a massive amount of child pornography images.

“The investigation began with the runway when we were tipped off by the Minnesota police that the child may be in our jurisdiction,” Cpt. Kip Judice, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, said.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office followed up on the tip and located the juvenile at the home of Thomas Dessoye in Lafayette. During the investigation deputies discovered the child pornography in his home.

Officials say that no less than 101 images of persons under the age of 16-years-old were found in his home. They say the juveniles were seen in provocative poses.

The storage device where the images were found is currently being examined by the Louisiana State Police Computer Forensics Unit to determine the origin of the images. They are also attempting to identify the persons in the images.

Dessoye was arrested and charged with 101 counts of Possessing Child Pornography and one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. His bond was set at $100,000 for the contributing charge and $50,000 on the first count of possessing child pornography. However, Dessoye is being held on the remaining charges pending a bail hearing next week.

Investigators are asking the public to come forward with any additional information they may have related to Dessoye and possible contact with juveniles. If you have any information call (337) 232-9211.


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