- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Abita Springs man arrested in 2013 as part of a federal investigation into a global child exploitation operation has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Johnson pleaded guilty last year to operating a child exploitation enterprise. Authorities said he operated an online network that preyed upon hundreds of boys across the United States and overseas. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET”) said Thursday’s 21-year sentence also requires Johnson to register as a sex-offender.

Johnson administered two child pornography websites out of his Abita Springs home. His case was made public last year as part of a federal investigation called “Operation Round Table.” Authorities said he admitted creating multiple fake female personas from his home to entice boys to produce sexually explicit images of themselves.

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