Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Officer Keith Koen Arrested for Child Porn

Louisiana State Police arrested a 41-year-old sergeant with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning on a count of pornography involving juveniles.

Keith Koen, of New Iberia, was arrested after investigators allegedly discovered images of child pornography on his computer, said Trooper Stephen Hammons, a spokesman for Louisiana State Police.

Capt. Wendell Raborn, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said Koen had worked with the office since 2008 and was assigned to the Support Services Division, which handles emergency preparedness.

The Sheriff’s Office assisted State Police in the investigation.

Authorities executed a search warrant at Koen’s residence on Texaco Street in New Iberia.

Koen immediately turned in his resignation upon his arrest, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Hammons could not say what prompted the investigation. He said no additional arrests are expected but the investigation is ongoing pending further examination of electronic storage media.

If convicted, Koen faces a fine of not more than $10,000 and a maximum possible sentence of not less than 2 years nor more than 10 years, according to state laws.

No bond had been set Tuesday morning, according to the release.


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