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AG asks for leads on potential victims in child porn case

AG asks for leads on potential victims in child porn case
Posted: Jan 29, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From Attorney General Jeff Landry:
BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Monday announced the arrests of five men from across the New Orleans metropolitan area on hundreds of counts of Internet crimes against children.

Amid the arrests, General Landry is asking the public for their assistance and information on an alleged perpetrator from the Northshore area.

“My team and our law enforcement partners work hard to protect Louisiana’s children and make our communities safer,” said General Landry. “But today, we need assistance from the people we serve.”

A Northshore man, Nam Vo, 40 of Covington, was arrested on 30 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of Thirteen (Possession), 4 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of Thirteen (Production), and 8 counts of Molestation of a Juvenile Under the Age of Thirteen. The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI CCU, HSI, LSP, New Orleans Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Hammond Police Department. Vo was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

“The investigations are ongoing; however, there are indications two of the men arrested may have abused children in the past,” explained General Landry. “So I beg anyone with information on Nam Vo or David Rees or their potential victims to please contact my Cyber Crime Unit.”

Others arrested include:

Justin Pilgrim, 35 of Kenner, was arrested on 17 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Possession). The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit (LBI CCU), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Louisiana State Police (LSP), Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO), and Kenner Police Department. Pilgrim was booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail.

David Pizzalato, 18 of Chalmette, was arrested on 200 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of Thirteen (Possession) and 1 count of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of Thirteen (Distribution). The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI CCU, HSI, LSP, and St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. Pizzalato was booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

David Rees, 48 of Metairie, was arrested on 250 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of Thirteen (Possession) and 250 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Possession). The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI CCU, HSI, LSP, and JPSO. Rees was booked into the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Jail.

Andrew Smith, 21 of Kenner, was arrested on 6 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of Thirteen (Possession). The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the LBI CCU, HSI, LSP, JPSO, and Kenner Police Department. Smith was booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail.

Again, General Landry encourages anyone with further information on David Rees and Nam Vo or their potential victims to please call the LBI Cyber Crime Unit at 800-256-4506. Callers do not have to give their names.

Photo: Nam Vo, courtesy of Louisiana Attorney General's Office
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