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Hammond man pleads no contest on child porn

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2020 | Views: 4428

Hammond man pleads no contest on child porn

Press Release from District Attorney Scott Perrilloux's Office:

AMITE---District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 43-year-old Benjamin Dobson of Hammond pleaded no contest to two counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under age 13.

On February 11, 2019, Special Agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation received multiple reports from the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the online transmission of child pornography. The report included the I.P. address from which the online activity occurred. Upon submitting subpoenas to the internet service provider for the for the I.P. address, agents determined the location to be a residence on S Holly Street in Hammond, LA.

On June 28, 2019, agents executed a search warrant at the residence and made contact with Benjamin Dobson. During a post-Miranda audio recorded interview, Dobson admitted to searching and viewing images of child pornography using his electronic devices. Forensic previews of the electronic devices revealed evidence indicating the use of the search engines to search for child pornography.

Benjamin Dobson was sentenced to 10 years with the department of corrections.

Assistant District Attorney Jennie Perkins represented the State of Louisiana; Judge Charlotte Foster handed down the sentence.

In other news from criminal court in Amite, Perrilloux reports that 35-year-old Montreal Irving, of Roseland, LA, pleaded no contest to distribution or possession with intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substances and two counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substances.

On July 27, 2018 agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from a male, later identified as Montreal Irving. Two proven and reliable Confidential Sources of Information (CS) met with Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics agents at a predetermined location to arrange a purchase of heroin.

Irving advised the two confidential sources to meet in the parking lot of the Amite Walmart. Upon arrival to Walmart, Irving instructed the confidential sources to drive to an unknown address on East Russell Town Road. The confidential sources relocated to East Russell Town Road under constant supervision of TPSO. Upon arrival to the area, the CSs called Irving at which time he directed them to a residence and advised them to park in the driveway.

Irving walked out the wood line and waved for one confidential source to get out of the vehicle and over to where he was standing, which the CS complied. Both Irving and the CS walked into the woods, made the narcotics transaction, and a few moments later returned to the vehicle.

Once at the vehicle, the confidential source introduced Irving to the second CS, at this time Irving handed the second confidential source a small clear rapper containing heroin in exchange for U.S. currency. Both confidential sources then left the residence and travelled back to the predetermined location to meet with Narcotics agents to turn over all evidence. The operation was captured on audio and video surveillance.

On August 16, 2019, Agents with TPSO Narcotics Division, DEA Agents, and Hammond Police Department conducted an undercover operation to purchase a large amount of heroin from Montreal Irving. The confidential source met with agents at predetermined location where the confidential sources was provided with U.S. currency and audio/video recording equipment. The confidential source and an Undercover Officer arrived at the meeting location near a burned house on East Russell Town Road. Irving is observed by the undercover officer handing the confidential sources suspected heroin in exchange for the U.S. currency. The confidential sources and undercover officer left the area and returned to the secured location where evidence was collected.

On April 1, 2019, a warrant was obtained for Montreal Irving for Distribution of schedule I controlled dangerous substances- heroin. On April 3, 2019, Irving was arrested at the Parish Jail in Amite where he was being housed for other charges. Irving was advised of his Miranda Rights and new charges then turned back over to Jail personnel.

Montreal Irving was sentenced to 15 years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Assistant District Attorney Le’Anne Malnar represented the State of Louisiana; Judge Charlotte Foster handed down the sentence.



District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that the following individuals appeared in court on May 12, 2020 before Judge Elizabeth Wolfe and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and received the following sentences:

William Carlton, age 33, of Loranger, LA, pleaded no contest to theft of a motor vehicle valued at $5,000.00 or more, but less than $25,000.00. He was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. The sentence was suspended, and he was placed on probation for three years. He is ordered to pay all fines, court costs, and restitution.

Christopher Hegwood, age 25, of Amite, LA, pleaded no contest to attempted purse snatching, possession of schedule IV controlled dangerous substances, possession of marijuana, and carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He was sentenced to one year with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Harold Matthews, age 27, of Ponchatoula, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to 10 years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

Ronnie Saulsberry, age 40, of Tickfaw, LA, pleaded no contest to possession of schedule I controlled dangerous substances- heroin. He was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections. He received credit for time served.

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