FBI Special Agents Stephen Soli Jr. and Robert King vividly remember March 6, 2015. That’s the day a confidential informant gave them a chilling account of a Baton Rouge man concocting a plan to abduct a 5- to 6-year-old girl and turn her into his sexual slave.
That’s also the day the man, Pierre A. Moosebroker Jr., was arrested on 17 counts of pornography involving a juvenile after federal and state authorities found multiple images of child porn — including images of children younger than 13 performing sexual acts — on his computer at his Sarah Avenue residence near Millerville Road and Old Hammond Highway.
Moosebroker, 47, pleaded guilty in June to federal child porn charges and was sentenced earlier this year to 25 years in prison by a Baton Rouge federal judge who called Moosebroker’s statements to the confidential informant “horrifying” and his thinking “unbelievably gross and depraved.”
Moosebroker’s case, according to King, was one of the driving factors behind the formation in April of a Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team. It consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from nine parishes in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area.
Part of the reason for creating the team was to ensure every agency is prepared to investigate child abduction cases in hopes of a successful recovery of the victim.
In a recent sit-down with King and Soli, as well as U.S. Attorney Walt Green and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Dippel, at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the federal courthouse, the two FBI agents recalled meeting with a confidential informant in a car on the first Friday in March 2015 and listening to recordings of conversations with Moosebroker taped by the informant.
“To hear the level of detail, the tone of his voice,” Soli, who investigates child pornography offenses and holds an online covert employee certification through the FBI, said of Moosebroker.
Soli and King — members of the nine-parish team — said they both realized if they simply went home for the weekend that Friday evening without taking action, they were going to hear about a weekend abduction when they returned to work Monday.
“Everybody understood this is bad,” recalled King, who specializes in child abductions.
The specific details included Moosebroker telling the informant of his desire and intention to kidnap a young girl and secure her in a room or structure that she could not leave, and asking the informant where young girls could be found unattended.
Federal authorities also say Moosebroker went so far as to tell relatives he was in the process of obtaining custody of his young daughter, a child that did not exist.
“He had a plan in place in case somebody saw him” with a young girl, King said.
The FBI agent said Moosebroker’s case is not the norm for people involved in the possession, production and trade of child porn.
“I can tell you true stranger abductions are rare. The suspect usually knows the victim or victim’s family in some way,” King said.
The confidential informant told King and Soli that Moosebroker had child porn images on his computer.
So after speaking with the informant and listening to the recordings, the agents interviewed Moosebroker, who was living in a large travel van parked on the side of a rental house on Sarah Avenue.
Federal prosecutors alleged in June that Moosebroker, who also was questioned by agents in April, falsely stated he had not intended to obtain child porn images downloaded to his computer, had never planned to force a young girl to engage in sexual activity with him, had not told anyone he had a daughter and had not told anyone he was obtaining custody of the alleged daughter.
Soli said Moosebroker told “significant lies.”
Moosebroker ultimately pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and lying to FBI agents.
U.S. District Judge James Brady, who gave Moosebroker a tougher sentence than called for by federal sentencing guidelines, stated at the sentencing in January that Moosebroker’s case was “probably one of the most egregious cases of this type that I have ever handled.”
“The statements that you made to the confidential informant … are horrifying, to say the least,” Brady said. “They are, in fact, horrific, and the statements indicate that you need to be incarcerated for a very long time to satisfy the … factors of protecting the children that may be in your vicinity or that you come in contact with.”
The judge said the scheme Moosebroker outlined is “something like out of a TV horror story.”
“You make one statement in there, when talking about your prior criminal experiences, you say you’re wicked and you enjoy it. Well, you may enjoy it, but, you know, we don’t; the citizens that you come in contact don’t enjoy that type of activity, and it simply won’t be tolerated,” Brady said.
Moosebroker previously served time for a manslaughter conviction.
Green, the chief federal prosecutor for the Baton Rouge-based Middle District of Louisiana, said Moosebroker “epitomizes evil in our society.” Moosebroker, the prosecutor said, will be an old man if and when he gets out of prison.
Brady noted that viewing child pornography is “a sad thing in and of itself.”
“But it doesn’t begin to rise to the elevation that you brought where you wanted to kidnap and raise a young child to be, as you call it, a sex slave,” he said.
Moosebroker will be on supervised probation for the rest of his life once he is released from federal prison, Brady ordered in January.
Moosebroker must comply with all federal and state laws regarding registration and notification requirements for sex offenders and is prohibited from contact with people younger than 18 without permission from a probation officer. Moosebroker also cannot frequent or loiter within 100 feet of any place primarily used by people younger than 18 and cannot live within direct view of any places primarily used by people younger than 18, the judge said.
Moosebroker must undergo a psychosexual evaluation and any necessary treatment.
Soli and King said they believe in their hearts that an abduction was imminent, perhaps mere days away.
“It’s as close as we’ve come to an abduction and stopped it,” Soli said.
“There’s no doubt in my mind this would have taken place,” King added. “That child would have been harmed for a long time.”
King said he’s not sure why the informant tape-recorded Moosebroker, “but I’m glad he did.”
Dippel, who prosecuted Moosebroker, said he cannot overstate the importance of the public coming forward with information about suspected criminal activity, and he encouraged the public to do so even when, as in the case of Moosebroker, the story sounds crazy.
“It’s better to call and be on the safe side,” Dippel said.
Soli said a number of law enforcement agencies took part in the Moosebroker investigation, including the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices in East Baton Rouge Parish and the Baton Rouge Police Department.
“The bell rang and everybody came running to it,” Green said.
The parishes involved in the Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team are East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena.
King said the team has been deployed three times since its creation in April, including last month when a toddler was reported missing in Baton Rouge. Desiree Mayfield, 22 months, was found safe and sound in an abandoned vehicle, and her father, Donoven Bessie, was arrested after he was found hiding in the vehicle’s trunk.