Kiln man arrested for child porn, allegedly enticing 14-year-old
By Geoff Belcher
Mar 2, 2014, 08:31
Task force officers on Friday arrested a Kiln man for allegedly distributing child pornography and trying to recruit a 14-year-old girl to send him explicit photos of herself.
Investigators from the Waveland Police Department on Friday arrested Marcus Ryan Ladner, 21, for one count of Distribution of Child Pornography and two counts of using a Computer to Entice a Child to Produce a Visual Depiction of Sexually Explicit Conduct, Chief David Allen said Saturday in a news release. All three charges are felonies, Allen said. Municipal Judge PJ Mauffray will set Ladner's bond at his initial appearance.
"In January, a 14-year-old-girl had come forward to school officials of the Bay-Waveland School District to say that she was scared due to some illicit pictures she and another girl had sent to someone," Allen said. "The school officials immediately turned the information over to law enforcement, and it was discovered that the incident had happened in Waveland."
Waveland investigators identified Ladner as the suspect, Allen said.
"As Ladner continued to contact one of the girls, her cell phone was taken over by Waveland Cyber Crime investigators for a approximately three weeks," Allen said. "During these conversations, he asked the girl, who in reality was a Waveland investigator, to send illicit images of herself. He then sent child pornography as encouragement."
On Saturday, Feb. 15, investigators from the Waveland Police Department, along with investigators and patrol deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, attempted to serve a search warrant signed by Justice Court Judge Desmond Hoda at Ladner's address in the Kiln, Allen said. However, "it was discovered that Ladner no longer lived at the residence, so the warrant was not served."
The information was later forwarded to a U.S. Marshal's task force which on Friday found and arrested Ladner where he was staying in Ocean Springs, Allen said.
"He was brought back to the Waveland Police Department where he was interviewed and processed then transported to the Hancock County Jail where he was booked," Allen said.
Allen said investigators executed a search warrant to examine Ladner's cell phone, "which was found to be his means of communicating with children.
"It was found that the suspect had been communicating with a large number of girls using fake Facebook and Kik Messenger accounts with the names Courtney Legion and Ryan Huff. We ask that parents talk to their children to see if they had communicated with any of these fake personas and to contact the Waveland Police Department if they had."
Allen said numerous illicit images of the original victims and other girls were found on Ladner's cell phone.
"The Waveland Police Department will be working hard to identify these children and contacting their parents so we can make sure these girls aren't sending pictures to other predators as well," Allen said. "More charges for possession of child pornography are possible.
"The Waveland Police Department still periodically gives classes to parents about the dangers to children in the online and cell phone world and how to properly check their children's cell phones for such activity. Please check the Waveland Police Department Facebook Page for upcoming classes.
"We would like to thank all of the agencies involved for their help in bringing this man to justice and to remind the public that law enforcement and the schools districts are working hard to protect our children."
Allen had a harsh message for predators:
"To the people who are preying on our children through technology," he said, "we'd like to say – WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU."
The Waveland Police Department is part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Mississippi Attorney General's Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.