- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Former Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to child pornography and aggravated animal cruelty charges, but his lawyers reserved the right to change the plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors said Longanecker also pleaded not guilty to a single obstruction count involving a state child pornography investigation last year.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/155yh7n ) Longanecker was arrested Oct. 23 after the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and others searched his home as part of a state Cyber Crime Unit investigation and found child pornography videos on his electronic equipment. He was arrested Dec. 29 after a forensic analysis turned up videos and images of cat torture and abuse on those devices.

The pleas were entered under a combined bill of information during an arraignment at the Ascension Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales, said Assistant District Attorney Robin O’Bannon.

But she said Longanecker’s defense attorney, Tim Pujol, told the court he was reserving the right to change the plea pending receipt of additional records. The next hearing date is Feb. 20.

Longanecker, 42, remains in Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville. He faces 42 counts of possession of child pornography, seven counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of obstruction of justice.

Longanecker served as mayor from mid-2011 to mid-2013 and previously was a town councilman.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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