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Feb 20, 2014 8:00 PM by Associated Press

Louisiana man charged in alleged child porn ring, coercing young boys to do sexual acts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Abita Springs man has been charged with operating a pair of child pornography websites that offered tutorials to 27,000 followers on coaxing young boys into producing sexually explicit videos.

Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Jonathan Johnson was the architect of a digital child exploitation enterprise that routinely preyed upon young boys, producing and distributing pornographic videos of minors and coaching others on strategies to coerce underage boys into participating in sexual acts.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the case against Johnson has led to 25 arrests.

The Times-Picayune reports Johnson's case was unsealed this week, along with a superseding indictment that suggests he might be cooperating with prosecutors. He faces arraignment Monday.

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