A 31-year-old Baton Rouge man tried to erase any trace of a trove of child pornography on his computer, but investigators discovered 350 images on thumb drives during a search of his home Wednesday, State Police said.
Detectives arrested Evan Taylor, 2504 Gates Circle, Apt. 10, at his job Wednesday afternoon shortly after a search of his apartment turned up several thumb drives containing child pornography in a desk drawer — as well as a small stash of marijuana and a glass bong, according to a State Police report.
Detectives first spoke with Taylor at his workplace earlier Wednesday, the report says, and he agreed to meet with officers at his home Thursday after business hours.
Hours after speaking with Taylor, however, an investigator with the Louisiana Department of Justice Cyber Crimes Unit alerted State Police detectives that they’d downloaded one of Taylor’s pornographic videos in July, which included several young girls.
Instead of waiting to meet with Taylor, State Police investigators obtained a search warrant Wednesday for his apartment from state District Judge Bonnie Jackson, the report says.
When investigators entered Taylor’s home, they found a program designed to wipe all files off hard drives running on his computer, the report says.
But the thumb drives — which the report said included images of infants and prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts — apparently provided enough evidence to arrest Taylor on 350 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.
In addition to those counts, State Police also booked Taylor in to Parish Prison on one count each of obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bail for Taylor is set at $250,000.