A Shreveport man is facing several charges, accused of contacting who he thought was a 13-year-old girl online.
According to Louisiana State Police, investigators served an arrest and search warrant Thursday at the home of 46-year-old Joseph Kipp Girdner, seizing "electronic devices" for forensic analysis.
The search warrant obtained as the result of an investigation into computer-aided solicitation begun during the recent Louisiana State Police Carpe Diem initiative.
Troopers determined Girdner was the person responsible for contacting who he thought was a 13-year-old girl using electronic devices. During questioning, police say Girdner admitted to the charges.
Girdner was charged with computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile as well as 6 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles.
He was booked into the Caddo Parish Correctional Center. If convicted of all charges, Girdner faces up to a $40,000 fine and from seven to forty five years in prison without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
In a statement announcing the arrest, Louisiana State Police spokesman Brett Davis "troopers will continue our efforts, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, to rescue children from the potential abuse of child predators by targeting those individuals who attempt to illegally contact underage children."