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Child Exploitation
08/26/2009

Fugitive on ICE's 'Most Wanted' list apprehended in Louisiana

HOUMA, La. - A local fugitive, who has been on the run since August 2005 after allegedly molesting a 10-year-old girl, was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.

Christopher Comeaux, 33, was arrested following a traffic stop in Raceland, La. Comeaux, a U.S. citizen, was indicted on two-counts in the Western District of Louisiana in August 2005 for producing and possessing child pornography.

Comeaux was charged following a joint investigation between the Leesville, Louisiana Police Department and ICE. Both agencies executed a search warrant at his residence. A subsequent forensic analysis of Comeaux's computer discovered thousands of images of child pornography. Included on his computer were photographs of him and a female child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

"Too many children are victimized by predators who target the most vulnerable among us - our children," said Michael A. Holt, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in New Orleans. "ICE is committed to apprehending and presenting for prosecution cases involving those who abuse our children and endanger their lives and well-being. We will continue working with federal, state and local agencies to ensure that those who try to hurt children are brought to justice."

The U.S. Attorney's office stresses that an indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.