ABITA SPRINGS, LA (WVUE) - Federal authorities are charging an Abita Springs man with running two websites that not only distributed child pornography, but taught their members how to trick young boys into making the illicit content.
Johnathan Johnson allegedly ran two websites that produced and distributed child pornography and taught members how to persuade young boys into producing sexually explicit videos, according to court documents released by U.S. Attorney General Kenneth Polite's office.
According to the newly unsealed court documents, a grand jury accused 27-year-old Johnson of encouraging viewers on his sites to use social networking sites to entice young boys into creating sexually explicit photos and videos. Investigators say they discovered over 2,000 explicit images on the sites and have identified about 160 of the children pictured.
Authorities say 25 other suspects have been arrested in connection to the case.
Johnson is scheduled to stand trial June 16. If convicted, he faces between 20-years and life in prison.