Livingston man accused of 500 counts of possession of child porn, 50 counts distribution, Attorney General’s Office reports _lowres

Anthony Thomas Kurtz

A Livingston convicted sex offender arrested on 500 counts of possession of child pornography has been indicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge announced Thursday.

A grand jury charged Anthony Kurtz, 40, with distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography and forfeiture, according to a news release, though it was not immediately clear how many charges he would face.

He previously had been convicted of sexual assault and indecent assault in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote.

In the current case, Kurtz’s porn had traveled across state and international lines, the release states. It depicted “pre-pubescent minors and minors who were under 12 years of age.”

Kurtz was arrested with other alleged sex offenders in a summer roundup. In addition to federal prosecutors, the case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the state Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crime Unit, the release states.

“Children victimized during the production of child pornography are re-victimized every time these images are distributed and viewed on the Internet,” U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in the release. “This office will continue to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens by vigorously prosecuting any individuals who distribute and possess images of children being sexually abused.”