Undocumented immigrant arrested in Louisiana for child exploitation

Guillermo Antonio Bethancourth (AG Landry)

BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of AG Jeff Landry) - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office has arrested yet another undocumented immigrant for internet crimes against children.

“My office and I are committed to doing all we legally can to protect Louisiana’s children,” said General Landry. “This includes arresting a number of illegal immigrants who have inflicted damage on our State’s citizens.”

Guillermo Antonio Bethancourth, 42, illegally residing in Baton Rouge, was arrested by General Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit on 117 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 years old, 50 counts of production of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 years old and 50 counts of video voyeurism.

The arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Fugitive Apprehension Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Louisiana State Police. Bethancourth was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and a detainer was placed on him by Homeland Security Investigations.

“Internet crimes against children inflict continuous and life-long damage,” added General Landry. “Every time a video or image is viewed, a child is re-victimized.”

General Landry cited this arrest and the numerous others made by his office as proof undocumented immigrant impacts more than just “border states.” He once again called on Congress to back President Donald Trump’s efforts for comprehensive immigration reform.

“Too many Louisiana families have been victimized by criminals who should never have been in our country,” concluded General Landry. “Congress must join the President and secure our Southern border in name only.”

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