BATON ROUGE, LA –
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced additional criminal
charges have been brought against Michael Wayne Tipton of Alexandria.
“It is a disturbing trend that those who view and distribute child pornography often are also hands-on offenders,” said General Landry. “My office will not rest in our efforts to arrest child predators and help rescue their victims.”
Tipton was arrested by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation last week on Possession and Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13). Upon further analysis of the evidence obtained through this investigation and arrest, Tipton has been additionally charged with one count of First Degree Rape, four counts of Oral Sexual Battery, three counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children, three counts of Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children, one count of Production of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13), and three counts of Production of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (over 13, but still a minor). Tipton was booked into the Rapides Detention Center, where he is currently being held on a $600,000 bail.
“Oftentimes people think that once an alleged perpetrator is arrested the case it over; but as it is in this case, we continue to track leads and investigate further,” said General Landry. “Our team’s efforts to get justice is aided heavily by the press sharing the news and the public sharing their information and concerns with us."
General Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes that have victimized children from infants to 16 years of age. To report child exploitation, call the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation at 800-256-4506.