The following is a statement from the Louisiana State Police:

This afternoon, investigators with the Lake Charles field office of the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations, the Lake Charles City Police, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations conducted a search warrant at the residence of 35-year-old Benjamin Wild of Lake Charles. The warrant was the result of an Operation Child Watch investigation initiated earlier this year involving child pornography downloaded onto Wild’s computer.



A search of Wild’s laptop computer revealed the presence of child pornography. Wild was arrested for pornography involving juveniles and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

Wild is employed as a Lake Charles city police officer. Once notified, Lake Charles City Police immediately offered assistance to State Police detectives and provided valuable support with the investigation.

The mission of Operation Child Watch is to rescue children from the potential abuse of child predators by targeting those individuals with sexually explicit images and/or videos on their computers. This is an ongoing effort, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.

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