On September 16, 2018, a subject, later identified as Chase Ryan Alford (W/M – DOB: 12/24/1988) of Logansport, LA, contacted what he believed to be a female juvenile through Facebook Messenger who identified herself as a 15-year-old juvenile. The “juvenile” who Alford contacted was in fact an undercover account set up by law enforcement for investigative purposes. Alford continued to initiate contact with the undercover detective through Facebook Messenger over the following weeks asking to meet the juvenile for sex.
On November 27, 2018, Alford made arrangements to meet the “juvenile” at a gas station in Longstreet. Later on that same day, Alford arrived at that specific location in the vehicle he described and messaged the “juvenile” that he had arrived. Shortly after sending the message, undercover detectives with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office approached Alford and attempted to take him into custody. Alford struggled with the detectives during the initial contact and was placed under arrest. Detectives located a condom on Alfords’ person along with the electronic device used to make contact with the undercover detective through Facebook Messenger. Detectives also located a large knife on Alford during a pat down.
Detectives later transported Alford to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office where, after being explained his Miranda Right’s, he admitted to going to the location with the intent of talking to the juvenile; however, his messages to the juvenile described in detail that the meeting was for sex and that he brought a condom. Alford was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Computer Aided Solicitation of a Juvenile. He is currently being held on a $35,000.00 bond.
Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to remind parents with juvenile children who have access to social media and messaging programs to monitor those activities. Monitoring such interactions could stop a meeting like the one described above.