Bossier man charged with juvenile porn, sexual abuse of animals appears in court via video

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Travis LaBonte (Photo courtesy Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office)

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Bossier City man arrested on multiple pornography and sexual abuse of animal charges late Friday appeared in Bossier District Court Monday via video from Bossier Maximum Security.

After a warrant was issued for his arrest, 41-year-old Travis Labonte surrendered to Bossier Parish deputies Friday night and at around 11 p.m. was booked into Bossier Maximum security on 186 counts of pornography involving juveniles and four counts of sexual abuse of an animal.

During Monday’s court appearance, attorney Eric Whitehead of the Johnson Law Firm enrolled the Firm to represent Labonte.

In late February, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s detectives began investigating Labonte after they suspected him to be in possession of child sexual abuse images. Following a thorough investigation and forensic analysis of his electronic devices, Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives issued the arrest warrants.

“Our team of detectives is steadfast in its resolve to capture these criminals who prey on young people,” Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said. “These are heinous examples of crimes of depravity and deviancy. If you possess, transfer or manufacture sexual images of children or of images involving sex acts between animals and humans, our detectives will conduct a thorough investigation. They will use best digital forensics’ tools available. You will be caught. You will be jailed.

In addition to Bossier City, Labonte has an address listed in Minot, N.D.

Labonte is being held on a $1 Million bond on the juvenile pornography charges, and an additional $150,000 on the animal sexual abuse charges.

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