Ponchatoula man sentenced to 20 years for child pornography

A Ponchatoula man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of child pornography, according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

Bobby Lee Sharp, 53, pleaded guilty to the felony charges of pornography involving a juvenile victim under 13 years old, failure to register as a sex offender-second or subsequent offense and five charges of possession of pornography involving juveniles.

Judge Brenda Ricks sentenced Sharp to 10 years for the felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender- second or subsequent offense, and he was sentenced to 20 years for each of the remaining six charges.

His sentence will be served concurrently, and he was also fined $3,000 and must register as a sex offender for life.

On Dec. 11, 2018, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives attempted to locate Sharp for outstanding warrants for failure to appear and failure to register as a sex offender.

In their attempt to locate Sharp, they were directed to a home in Ponchatoula. Sharp was there, but detectives found multiple signs to believe Sharp was living in a broken-down vehicle on the property, which the homeowners denied knowledge of.

Detectives located and seized multiple electronic devices which they believed belonged to Sharp, including an open laptop portraying a picture of a juvenile.

Detectives obtained warrants to search the devices, and the TPSO Juvenile Division with assistance from the Louisiana Bureau of Investigations searched the electronic devices for location data on Sharp.

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