January 13, 2014
(ANTIMEDIA) Wilson Longanecker, Jr., former mayor for the town of Sorrento, Louisiana, was arrested late last year on four counts of animal cruelty and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty. These charges came just two months after he was charged with 42 counts of child pornography possession and one count of obstruction of justice.
When the former mayor’s home was raided on October 23rd, investigators seized a number of computers and electronic devices while searching for evidence of child pornography. Along with the evidence found on the hard drives, investigators uncovered videos of Longanecker brutally torturing kittens.
According to representatives with the Northside Humane Society and the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS), Longanecker stopped by a local PetSmart animal adoption event on Saturday, July 7, 2012, and adopted three kittens, which he said would be for his children. While it is not certain that these are the same animals that are shown in the videos, they are the same size and color.
“He said, ‘They’ll be spoiled,’ and I mean just laid on the charm, with bottle-feeding the baby kittens. We thought it was going to be a great home,” said Lori D’Arensbourg, president of the Northside Humane Society.
According to court documents, the videos and images were dated October 8th, 2012 through January 9th, 2013, and showed the former mayor strangling the small kittens, and showed them in a terrible dismembered state.
Shortly after the adoption, the shelter began to receive tips that the animals may have been mistreated, but when they tried to do home visits to the mayor’s house, they were told that they could not see the animals.
On Monday, Longanecker’s attorneys filed a request to reduce his $1 million bond to $100,000, but that motion was denied.
If he is convicted on the child pornography charges alone, Longanecker faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of child pornography, which could amount to over 800 years.
“Crimes like this illustrate how important it is to actively, aggressively pursue those who exploit our children,” Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a statement.
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