Evangeline Parish – On June 27, 2019, Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit – Alexandria Field Office arrested an Evangeline Parish man after they learned he was in possession of child pornography. 49-year-old Chad T. Manuel of Basile was arrested for charges related to the possession/possible production of images of child pornography.
The initial investigation began earlier this week when Investigators received a complaint that Manuel may have been involved in voyeurism and the possible production of child pornography. Investigators obtained a warrant, and on June 27th searched Manuel’s residence in Basile. During the search Investigators found evidence of child pornography buried in containers of concrete that Manuel attempted to destroy and conceal from Investigators.
Manuel was placed under arrest and charged with LRS 14:81.1 Pornography involving juveniles (3 counts) and LRS 14:130.1 Obstruction of justice (3 counts). Manuel was booked into the Evangeline Parish jail on the above charges. The LSP Criminal Investigations Division – Breaux Bridge Field Office and the LSP Technical Support Unit assisted in this case. This remains an active investigation, and there is no further information available at this time.
The LSP Special Victims Unit works to rescue and seek justice for the victims of crimes involving the exploitation of children and the trafficking of humans for sex or labor. The public plays an important role in identifying suspects accused of these crimes, and is urged to report criminal or suspicious activity. 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 http://la-safe.org/ and clicking on the “Suspicious Activity” link.