June 30, 2009
Slidell, Louisiana (The Weekly Vice) - Ronald Scelson, a 36-year-old man from Slidell, Louisiana, was arrested last week after a months-long investigation into the rape and false imprisonment of a 14-year-old girl. Slidell police officers busted him on counts of molesting a juvenile, forced rape, marijuana possession, possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing a weapon while in possession of narcotics.
The Slidell police department's press release indicates that the investigation began in March, soon after Mardi Gras week, which ended on February 24th, Mardi Gras Day. According to department spokesman Kevin Foltz, the 14-year-old victim indicated that she was handcuffed to a chair and sexually assaulted at 1831 Third St. in Slidell, where Scelson has a business. She then reportedly told a friend about the incident and the friend told the victim’s mother. The mother immediately alerted Slidell police, who have been looking into the matter ever since.
During a raid of Scelson's home and office last week, police seized three laptops, twelve desktop computers, seven external hard drives and ten Internet servers. A search of the suspect's vehicle turned up the drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to the press release.
The police expressed great public concern about the amount of seized equipment, stating that it is possible that some of the computers will be found to have indecent material on their drives. It is also possible, given the victim's claim several chat windows were open on the computers during the assault, that Scelson uploaded images of the incident directly to the Internet.
But one thing that seems to have escaped the attention of the local police force is Scelson's previous run-ins with the law. An anti-spam blog identified him in 2004 as being the Cajun Spam King, the self-proclaimed "most prolific spammer on the planet." Ironically, the blog screed warned readers not to harass Scelson with an outpouring of pornographic mailings to his home address because of his wife and three kids.
Another site quotes him as saying about his illegal spamming activities: "I will do everything I can for them not to find me to shut me down. I can stay up like this for years, and they'll never totally lock on to me."
Meanwhile, Scelson has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail, bond unknown.
The Weekly Vice
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