Recently hired Allen Correctional officer accused of soliciting minor

Published: Oct. 14, 2022 at 12:54 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2022 at 3:58 PM CDT
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LEESVILLE, La. (KPLC) - A Leesville man is accused of soliciting a minor, according to Louisiana State Police Troop E.

Ryan Keeton, 50, was arrested on Oct. 13 and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail for computer-aided solicitation of a minor, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Ken Pastorick, communications director for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, confirmed that Keeton had recently been hired as a correctional officer on Aug. 8, 2022.

Keeton was still a probational employee, but his probation was terminated when DOC was informed of his arrest by Louisiana State Police, Pastorick said.

Trooper Casey Wallace said the Louisiana State Police Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) began an investigation into the solicitation of a minor via a computer in October 2022.

During the investigation, troopers determined that Keeton had been communicating with the minor by sharing explicit images.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through an anonymous reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. The form can be found by visiting and clicking on the “Suspicious Activity” link.

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