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Baton Rouge Man Convicted of Child Sex Crimes

BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following statement after his office obtained an East Baton Rouge Parish jury conviction of James Fontenot on child pornography charges:

“Child pornography is a heinous crime that inflicts lifelong damage to its victims. My office and I are committed to investigating, arresting, and prosecuting those who exploit children. I commend my Assistant Attorneys General Stephen Martin and Jeff Traylor for their exceptional prosecutorial work to convict James Fontenot. This conviction should serve as a reminder of the justice waiting for the despicable criminals producing, distributing, and possessing sexual abuse images and videos of children.”

Fontenot, who faces a minimum of 10 years in prison, is expected to be sentenced by Judge Beau Higginbotham on August 24, 2021.


8/26/21 UPDATE: On Tuesday, Judge Beau Higginbotham sentenced Fontenot to 25 years of hard labor without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.