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Federal grand jury indicts former Nacogdoches ISD cafeteria worker on child porn charges

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Justin Lejeune (Source; Nacogdoches County Jail) Justin Lejeune (Source; Nacogdoches County Jail)
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A federal grand jury indicted a suspected Nacogdoches child predator who is accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl when he was 17 and recording video of a 15-year-old girl in the bathroom of his home for his own sexual gratification.

According to a copy of the grand jury indictment East Texas News obtained Friday, Justin Owen, Lejeune, 31, was indicted on two felony federal charges - attempted production of child pornography and possession of child pornography on May 15.

Lejeune is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault of a child, a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact, two second-degree felony possession of child pornography charges, a second-degree felony charge of possession with intent to promote child pornography, and a state-jail felony charge of improper photo or visual recording.

Collectively, Lejeune's bail has been set at $450,000.

In Count 1 of the indictment, which is in regard to an attempted production of child pornography charge, Lejeune is accused of making a video recording of a minor engaging in sexually explicit behavior on Sept. 24, 2007 "for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct that was produced using materials that had been mailed, transported, and shipped interstate and foreign commerce."

The federal grand jury also indicted Lejeune on a federal possession of child pornography charge. According to Count 2, he is accused of owning a Toshiba external hard drive which contained one or more visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment stated that the hard drive contained child pornography videos involving girls as young as 7 years old.

If Lejeune is convicted on the federal attempted production of child porn charge he faces 15 to 30 years in a federal prison. In addition, he faces up to an additional 10 years of prison time for the possession of child porn charge.

In regard to the aggravated sexual assault of a child charge, Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said back in December 2013, "She made an outcry to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, and in the course of that investigation, we found out when that victim was much younger than what she is now she was sexually assaulted by this suspect."

According to the arrest affidavit for the sexual assault of a child and indecency charges, Lejeune allegedly molested an 8-year-old girl on an unspecified date in 1999. At the time, he was 17. The sexual assault occurred at a residence on Mockingbird Street, the affidavit stated. Lejeune also allegedly touched the girl inappropriately on more than one occasion.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff's deputies took Lejeune, a former NISD cafeteria cook, into custody after authorities executed a search warrant on his house on FM 3314 and found a large amount of child pornography, along with video recording devices hidden in various parts of his home like his bathroom and the guest bedrooms. One was even hidden in a book.

"He had them installed in bathrooms," Bridges said. "He's made recordings of these. So you can tell he's doing this for self gratification."

It's believed the videos were watched on a large, flat-screen television found in Lejeune's home, located on Lone Star Road.

The other arrest affidavit stated that among the DVD discs seized from Lejeune's home was a video of a 15-year-old girl in his restroom that was recorded without her knowledge or consent.

During interviews with NCSO investigators and Texas Ranger Travis Brazil, Lejeune allegedly admitted to molesting the 8-year-old girl. The affidavit stated that he also admitted to setting up the video cameras throughout his home and videoing the 15-year-old girl for his own sexual gratification.

According to a press release, NCSO investigators have been reviewing the evidence found at Lejeune's residence. They found numerous DVDs in the man's bedroom. Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said there were more than 150 videos of improper video recordings and more than 30 videos of child pornography that were allegedly made or downloaded by Lejeune.

Bridges said his investigators took the computers taken from Lejeune's home to Lufkin's computer forensics division for processing.

The sheriff said he believes the evidence shows Lejeune has been making and recording the videos for more than five years. He said numerous names were inside his journal and that numerous victims may not know they were recorded.

In a previous East Texas News story, a NISD spokeswoman said Lejeune was fired immediately following the arrest.

She said he worked for the district as the lead cook and prepared food and occasionally served meals in the cafeteria line. He has been working for the district since March 2010.

Despite the evidence found in the home, Bridges does not believe Lejeune's activity ever made it to the school.

"I want to be clear on this, at this point, we have no evidence that leads us to believe that anything happened on campus," Bridges said in a previous story.

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