Baum said the Legislature has since rewritten the law to erase the vagueness and inconsistency he had found in it.But he said he doesn't think the changes address the constitutional issues he raised.
They say that imprisoning people who arrange over the Internet for sex with those they think are minors stops them from actually sexually abusing children.
Kenner has one detective working full-time on its cybercrime unit, and other investigators help as needed, Caraway said.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, according to court records.
Once Caraway, Kenner's former chief of detectives, became police chief, the pace of arrests picked up.
Penalties vary widely The punishments of the 22 men who have pleaded guilty in the Kenner cases illuminate a disparity of sentencing.
Judges ordered 16 of them to an average of 36 months in jail, with sentences ranging from one year to seven years.The Louisiana attorney general's office has been operating similar undercover stings and teaching local officers the procedures since the Legislature made computer-aided solicitation a crime.Now, 128 local law enforcement agencies work under the state's high-tech crime unit, "Kenner being one of the first and one of the most dedicated," said Mike Johnson, the unit's director.Law enacted in 2005 The Legislature made computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sex a crime in 2005, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a ,000 fine.(Download text of law.) Four months after the law was enacted, Sharon was arrested on that charge.The other six men who pleaded guilty received an average of 27 months of probation but no prison time.