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Contact:  Detective Brian McGregor


Office:    (504) 712-2252

Date:      January 8, 2010


Sex offender arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography


KENNER - On Friday, January 8, 2010, members of the Kenner Police Department, assisted by the Jefferson Parish Sheriffís Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of Luis Eduardo Handal, 29, who resides at 3019 Emory Street, apartment C, Kenner.  During an investigation it was learned that Handal possessed and was distributing child pornography.  At the time of the search warrant and conducting a preview of Handalís computer, multiple images of child pornography were found to have been downloaded to Handalís computer.  The Kenner Police Department will conduct a further forensic exam of Handalís computer to determine how many images and videos were stored on his computer. 

In an interview with Detective Brian McGregor and Officer Edward Rhode, Handal admitted to possessing, viewing, downloading and distributing child pornography because he has low self esteem.  Handal was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.  At the time of this press release, Handal remains in custody.  No bond has been set.    

According to the Louisiana State Police Sex Offender Registry website, Handal has been convicted of the crimes of carnal knowledge of a juvenile (2-counts), Sodomy with a child under 16 years old (2-counts), Indecent acts / Liberties with a child and possession of child pornography.      

Chief Steve Caraway urges 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 acts, 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 (1-800-843-5678).