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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Haughton man pleads guilty to enticing a minor to travel to Louisiana for illegal sex acts

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Haughton man pleaded guilty on January 16, 2019 for convincing a minor to travel with him from West Virginia to Louisiana in order to engage in illegal sex acts.

Blake Lee Bissell, 27, of Haughton, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of coercion and enticement to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity.  According to the guilty plea, Bissell began an online relationship with a 14-year-old in early 2018.  Shortly thereafter, Bissell traveled to West Virginia on June 30, 2018, picked up the minor and transported the minor back to Louisiana where they engaged in illegal sexual activity.

Bissell faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for May 2, 2019.

The FBI and the Wheeling Police Department of West Virginia conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian C. Flanagan and Earl M. Campbell are prosecuting the case.

Updated January 29, 2019