Photographer who shot picture days at 2 Caddo schools charged with possession of child pornography

Crime

BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — A local photographer who shot picture days at two Caddo Parish high schools is charged with being in possession of child pornography.

58-year-old Mitchell Solice was booked Thursday into the Caddo Correctional Center on one count of pornography involving a juvenile (possession).

Caddo schools say he was hired as the yearbook photographer for Woodlawn and Southwood High School for the 2018-2019 school year.

They say a background check showed he had no criminal history that would have prevented him from being allowed on campus, and stressed that he was never alone with any students at any time.

Solice was one of two men from northwest Louisiana jailed this week on child pornography charges.

James Milford Button, 47, of Haughton was also arrested following a joint investigation by multiple agencies including the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police.

Button was booked into the Bossier Parish Jail on 30 counts of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13 (distribution) and 4 counts of pornography involving a juvenile (possession).

The Bossier City Marshal’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI assisted with the investigation.

“I continue my steadfast commitment to protecting our children from sexual exploitation,” Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement on the arrests. “My office and I will continue to use all the resources possible to bring child predators to justice.”

The press secretary for Jeff Landry’s office says the number of child pornography cases have increased since the start of the pandemic.

“We’ve noticed an increase of about two-hundred percent in our sexual predator cases since the pandemic. There’s a lot more people online now as a result of the COVID-19 situation,” said Cory Dennis, Press Secretary Office of Attorney General.

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