Three New Orleans-area men are behind bars for the exploitation of children after being caught in an undercover internet crimes operation coordinated by the office of Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell.
The online undercover sting operation conducted in late February—coined Operation Lighthouse—was established by the Louisiana Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit, and is a collaborative effort comprised of Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce agents with New Orleans Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tulane University Police Department, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Louisiana Department of Corrections, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Zachary Police Department, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office, Mississippi and Louisiana NCIS, Biloxi Police Department (Mississippi), and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
During the operation, eight search warrants were executed resulting in three arrests. Approximately 36 cases were initiated for investigation involving the online solicitation of juveniles for sexual purposes in Louisiana, as well as the initiation of several cases involving the downloading and uploading of images and videos of child sexual exploitation. Many of the cases initiated during the undercover operation remain under investigation, and further arrests are possible as a result of the effort.
Operation Lighthouse was also used to provide technical and forensic training to over 50 Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce members.
“This training will be invaluable towards the furthering of investigations regarding computer facilitated offenses and the protection of children in Louisiana,” said Attorney General Caldwell. “Through collaboration and information sharing, we can have law enforcement agents covering every facet of the state with the skills necessary to not only locate and apprehend child predators, but also conduct complex forensic investigations on seized evidence,” he said.
The following arrests have been made to date:
64-year-old Doulgas Paulson of 8529 Zimpel St. in New Orleans, was charged with 200 counts of pornography involving juveniles and two counts of video voyeurism. Based on information derived from the undercover operation, as well as evidence collected during a search warrant of the suspect’s residence, Paulson was arrested and booked into Orleans Parish Prison on Feb. 25. Additional charges are pending from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
25-year-old Zachary Nusloch of 139 Arlington Dr. in Metairie, was arrested on computer aided solicitation of a minor and attempted felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Nusloch communicated with an individual he believed to be an adult female and arranged to meet the female and who he believed to be her 14-year-old daughter for sex. On Feb. 25, Nusloch arrived at a predetermined location with the intention of having sex with who he believed to be the adult female and her daughter. Nusloch was arrested on site and booked into Orleans Parish Prison.
49-year-old David Garcea of 28 Park Place Dr., Building 11 Apartment 1108 in Covington, was arrested on 45 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles and one count of distributing pornography involving juveniles. After receiving child pornography sent by Garcea, investigators obtained a search warrant for his residence. During an onsite preview of Garcea’s electronic devices, investigators located 45 images of suspected child pornography. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Feb. 27.
To report cases of internet crimes against children, contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit at 1-800-256-4506.