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Contact:  Detective Brian McGregor


Office:    (504) 712-2252

Date:      March 31, 2010




KENNER - On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, Joseph Hamilton, 42, who provided the home address of 105 Cottage Grove Drive, LaPlace, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshall’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force.  Hamilton, an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) girl’s basketball coach, was arrested on an outstanding Kenner warrant and charged with the crime of molestation of a juvenile.   

On March 13, 2010, the thirteen year old victim arrived at her Kenner home from basketball practice when she received a telephone call from Hamilton who told her that he had something to tell her and was coming over to speak with her.  Once Hamilton was alone with the victim, Hamilton placed his hand beneath the victim’s clothing and also fondled her.  The victim disclosed the incident to her mother who reported the incident to the Kenner Police Department.     

The victim also revealed that Hamilton had purchased a cellular telephone that he used to keep in constant contact with the victim.  Hamilton gave the cellular telephone to the victim and had instructed her not to tell her mother.  Several text messages were retrieved from the cellular telephone that Hamilton provided the victim.  Examples of text messages included “I love you,” “I just want you to handle it and everything I have to offer you,” and “I will take care of you getting your scholarship and anything you need, just take care of me and I got you.” 

At the time of this press release, Hamilton remains in custody of the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna.  No bond has been set.   

Kenner Police Detective LaShonda Woodfork is the investigating detective. 

Chief Steve Caraway encourages anyone with information concerning this incident or having information regarding anyone exploiting children, illegally possessing or selling child pornography, or online enticement of children for sexual purposes to contact the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222, Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children cyber tip hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.