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As a result of a continued investigation by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, a sex offender now faces additional charges. Roland Bruce Jr., 40, of Cut Off, was initially charged with indecent behavior. Bruce now faces new charges related to nude photos of the juvenile.
On November 23, 2019, deputies found Bruce had allegedly sent text messages which were sexual in nature to a minor teenage girl. Bruce had also requested the girl send nude photos to him, but it was believed at the time that she had not complied.
Juvenile detectives continued the investigation and obtained search warrants for the cell phones of both Bruce and the juvenile. Following a forensic analysis of the devices, juvenile detectives found Bruce had sent messages trying to manipulate the teen, and she did send nude photos of herself to Bruce. Detectives then obtained warrants for the additional charges.
Bruce was previously booked on one count of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. On January 16, 2020, he was additionally booked with Pornography Involving Juveniles and Computer-Aided Solicitation for Sexual Purposes. Bail is now set at $575,000.
Bruce is registered as a Tier III Sex Offender. He was convicted of Forcible Rape and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in 2006 and Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile in 2001.