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Troopers make arrest in joint child pornography investigation

Troopers make arrest in joint child pornography investigation

Fourchon, LA – Troopers with the Criminal Investigations Division-Houma Office made an arrest Wednesday of a Lafayette man after they learned he was in possession of child pornography in Lafourche Parish.

Investigators arrested 42-year old Michael Harper at Port Fourchon.

On March 8, LSP Investigators, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations - Houma Office and the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency received information that Harper was in possession of child pornography.

During an interview with Harper, Troopers and Federal Agents determined that his computer contained videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

An examination confirmed the presence of the videos and images. Harper was also discovered to be in possession of Hydrocodone pills, Marinol pills, Adderall pills and Xanax.

Troopers charged Harper with 12 Counts of Possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance II, Possession of CDS III and Possession of CDS V.

Harper was booked at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Homeland Security Investigations seized Harper’s computer equipment for further analysis. The arrest remains under investigation.

LSP Troopers work in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat child exploitation and investigate child and adult sex trafficking across Louisiana.

The public plays an integral role in identifying suspects accused of these crimes, and is strongly urged to report criminal or suspicious activity.

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking on the “Suspicious Activity” link.