A Pennsylvania man was booked Wednesday on 50 counts of possession of child pornography after investigators from the state Attorney General’s Office raided his New Orleans East home.
Dwight Joseph Jr., 33, was also booked with failing to notify authorities that he is a sex offender, obstruction of justice and the use of social media by a sex offender. His bond was set at $265,000.
When authorities went to the door of Joseph’s house in the 9700 block of W. Wheaton Circle, according to an arrest report written by state cyber crimes investigator Brian Brown, he could be seen carrying a laptop in the rear of the residence.
Joseph refused to open the door of the house for several minutes, and when he did investigators observed a fresh cut bleeding on his right hand and found both the laptop and a hard drive broken, covered with blood.
Joseph purportedly told authorities that he was a sex offender from Pennsylvania, and asked for a lawyer. Brown said a hard drive found in the suspect’s bedroom contained more than 50 images depicting the sexual abuse of children ranging in age from toddlers to 10.
Although Joseph is originally from Pennsylvania, he allegedly failed to notify authorities for several months that he had moved to Louisiana.
Joseph was convicted of the sexual abuse of children in October 2005, according to Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry. The registry lists him as being in non-compliance with his notification duties, and gives his last address in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Joseph was arrested just doors from where nightclub owner Lester Johnson was gunned down in his driveway early in the morning of September 9. A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office did not immediately comment on whether authorities are probing a connection between Joseph and the slaying.