NEW ORLEANS—Wednesday night, state troopers swarmed this Bauvais Street home in Metairie and arrested former Orleans Parish Sheriff's Deputy Michael Chatellier -- again. "He was convicted in 2007," says State Trooper Melissa Matey.
In October, Chatellier was released from prison after serving time for possession of child pornography and computer aided solicitation of a juvenile. Less than two months later, the 38 year old was arrested on more than 100 sex crimes counts, including indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer aided solicitation of a minor and child porn possession. This, after police say he was caught soliciting an undercover agent he thought was 14 in an internet chat room.
"This is a psychological addiction and we have specific laws in Louisiana put into place to protect the children here," says Matey. She says Chatellier fits the description of most sex offenders -- 91 percent are white men, older than 25 and with mostly pictures of young girls.
She says to avoid having children become victims, parents should keep a watchful eye on their computer usage. With the holidays here, children will likely be spending more idle time on-line. "The computer that the child is using should be in a high traffic area in the home. Not in the child's bedroom. Something to where the parents can see what they're doing and monitor their activity on that computer." Matey says parents should also know their children's user names and passwords to check their activity and use parental control software.
And check your neighborhood online at lsp.org to find out if any sex offenders live near you. You'll be surprised to find out how many are lurking in your neighborhood.