U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI Seeking to Identify Potential Victims in Connection with Online Child Exploitation Case

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SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) are seeking to identify potential victims of an online child exploitation scheme which originated in Northeast Louisiana in 2021. 

The defendant in this investigation, Gary Landon Harper, has been charged by federal indictment with production of child pornography, under 18 U.S.C. § 2251, receipt of child pornography, under 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(2), possession of child pornography, under 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B), and enticement of a minor, under 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b). The defendant may also be known by the following online usernames: “lilharp,” “oleharp,” “Millwright2011,” and “olecountry1234.”  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If you, your family member, or anyone that you know has had contact with this individual or any of the above-listed usernames while using the online applications Snapchat or Cash App between 2019 and 2021, please contact the FBI via email at: harpervictim@fbi.gov.

For additional resources and information, please visit:  https://www.fbi.gov/how-we-can-help-you/safety-resources/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/sextortion.

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