Caddo and Bossier churches receive suspicious mail

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 5:10pm

Caddo and Bossier Sheriff's Departments are issuing a warning after several churches in the two parishes received suspicious packages in the mail from an unknown sender.

CD's of pornographic images and a narrative more than 50 pages long are in these suspicious packages that churches have received in the mail, said Lt. Ed Baswell of the Bossier Sheriff's Department.

Investigators said that pornographic images on the CD's may include child pornography.  Another CD in these packages includes a 52-page narrative of this person's beliefs about pornography.

At least 15 churches in Caddo Parish have received these packages as of Friday afternoon, but Detective Robert Greer of the Caddo Sheriff's Office told us that number grows as the day wears on.  These packages have also turned up in at least three Bossier churches.  Investigators say that the person wrote in one document that there are 47 of these packages that they have already sent out or plan to send out.

Representatives from Waller Baptist Church told us that they received one of these envelopes with the suspicious contents.  A secretary opened it, read the narrative and immediately called police.  Officials of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Church Association sent out an email on Monday warning their pastors about the suspicious mail.

Both sheriff's offices are looking into who is sending these packages and whether or not this is a crime.

They ask that everyone be on the look out for any similar suspicious mail that may be delivered to a church, business or private residence.  If you get a packet in the mail, you should not open it, but immediately call the Bossier Sheriff's Department or the Caddo Sheriff's Office.

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