Metairie sex offender indicted on new child porn charges _lowres


A Metairie man convicted of possessing child pornography in 2010 was indicted by the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office Thursday on two counts of the same crime and two more of soliciting a minor.

Jason Zeller, 38, was also charged in a bill of information with one count of illegal use of a social networking website.

He was arrested in October after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the FBI found he had sexually explicit photographs of a child under 13 and had been chatting on Facebook with an underage girl.

Zeller was caught in a child-porn sting originating in New Mexico in 2009, when he was found to have transferred hundreds of images from home in Harahan. He was taken into custody by the state Attorney General’s Office after his home computer was found to have 75 images of rape and sexual abuse of children as young as 5 years old.

He was sentenced in 2010 to three years in prison.

Zeller was released from jail in October after posting $75,000 in bond. His case has been assigned to Judge Michael Mentz of the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.

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