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12 Shreveport-Bossier churches receive packets with porn

By Tracy Clemons - bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- As of late Friday afternoon, 12 churches have gotten packets that include pornographic material. They're being sent anonymously to churches in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

Bossier and Caddo Parish Sheriff's offices are working together to figure out who's sending them and why. Along with the pornographic images that are on discs in the packet, the packets include a cover letter that is being described as a porn manifesto, so to speak.

"Upon opening the long manila envelope, she (the church secretary) read the cover letter inside and became disturbed immediately," says Joe Huffman.

Huffman is the minister at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Shreveport. His church is one of eight in Caddo Parish to get one of the packets of porn. He shares more about the cover letter: "I want you to know you may get a different sex video and pornographic materials than other churches, but I'm sending materials of this nature to all the churches, apparently of all faiths in Shreveport-Bossier."

"The cover letter sort of spells out this person's personal beliefs about pornography," says Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Ed Baswell.

The BPSO says it has confirmed that four churches in Bossier Parish have also gotten the packets. Ed Baswell says the cover letter contains a mixed message.

"On the one hand, this person seems to want to appear to be an anti-porn crusader. On the other hand this person seems to possibly have a fixation on porn."

Investigators are trying to determine if a crime has been committed.

"We believe that more than likely there's probably some child porn involved," Baswell tells KSLA News 12.

Minister Huffman says it may be an attempt to get help in what may be an anti-porn crusade.

"I would suggest to that individual that this is not the best way to go about soliciting help...shocking folks in our business."

Ed Baswell says any church that gets what they think could be one of these packets should not open it, and should call Caddo or Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office immediately.

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