Haughton man arrested for alleged possession of child porn; charges increased to 409 counts

Michael James Nichols, 35
Michael James Nichols, 35(BPSO)
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 3:27 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2022 at 3:05 PM CST
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HAUGHTON, La. (KSLA) - A 35-year-old man from Haughton is facing charges after allegedly being caught with child pornography.

Detectives with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office say Michael James Nichols was arrested Dec. 15 on charges related to child porn. They say on the previous day, a search warrant was executed at his home, which he shared with a family member. Detectives say they discovered that Nichols had downloaded sexual images of prepubescent children on his computer.

Nichols was originally charged with 30 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images. After being read his rights, officials say Nichols admitted to downloading the images.

After a thorough forensic investigation, detectives found an additional 379 known child abuse images. This was after sifting through tens of thousands of suspected child sexual abuse images stores on Nichols’ computer. In total, detectives found 409 images of known identified victims.

Nichols is currently booked into Bossier Max. He has been charged with a total of 409 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images. His bond has been raised to $1.5 million, from his initial bond of $300,000

Detectives say they also found a marijuana plant growing in the house. The other resident of the home was issued a summons and charged with cultivating of schedule I narcotics (marijuana).

Anyone with information on crimes involving sexual abuse is encouraged to call (318) 965-3418 or (318) 965-2203.

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