Monday, November 3, 2008
Prosecutors Charge Attorney In Child Pornography Case
By a MetNews Staff Writer
La Canada attorney Walter Loustari was arrested without incident at his law office on a felony complaint charging him with possessing child pornography and an assault weapon on Friday, the District Attorney’s Office said in a release.
Loustari, 57, is expected to appear for arraignment today in Los Angeles Superior Court Department 30, at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
He is charged with three felony counts of possessing materials depicting the sexual exploitation of a child and one felony count of illegal possession of an Uzi assault rifle, the District Attorney’s Office said.
If convicted of the crimes, Loustari could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in state prison.
Deputy District Attorney Susan Schwartz of the Justice System Integrity Division said Loustari was charged Wednesday in a felony complaint for arrest warrant following an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Glendale Police Department.
The ICE investigation of Loustari began in October 2006 as part of its Operation Predator investigation of an alleged hardcore child pornography site on the Internet and included execution of a search warrant at the Loustari’s Glendale apartment, prosecutors said.
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