Law enacted in 2005 The Legislature made computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sex a crime in 2005, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a ,000 fine.
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Although prosecutors decided not to charge three of the defendants, Kenner has yet to lose a case in court: 22 defendants have pleaded guilty without going to trial, and the other 25 cases are pending.
"We want to shut these people down," said Police Chief Steve Caraway, who took office in 2006 with a promise to crack down on cybercrime.
List: 22 guilty pleas so far in Kenner Internet sex stings Some consider the initiative to be an attack on victimless crimes, because none of the defendants chatted with an actual minor, much less had sex with one.
But defense attorneys have so far failed in their attempts to challenge the law's constitutionality and the police tactics that some say can be too aggressive.
A 43-year-old repairman from Gonzales, he logged into an Internet chat room on Dec.
12, 2005, and arranged for sex with another computer user purporting to be a 14-year-old girl.
When he arrived at a Kenner apartment four hours later to meet his underage date, actually an undercover adult detective, the police busted him.
Since then, the Kenner Police Department has arrested 49 more men in a program so successful that dozens of other Louisiana law enforcement agencies are launching similar efforts.
"We want people to know we're monitoring what goes on on the Internet," Caraway said.