UPDATE – Rape and Additional Child Pornography Charges Against Rapides Man

Update Press Release – BATON ROUGE, LA –  – Rape, Sexual Battery, Additional Child Pornography Charges Brought Against Rapides Man Previously Arrested by AG Jeff Landry

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced additional criminal charges have been brought against Michael Wayne Tipton of Alexandria. “It is a disturbing trend that those who view and distribute child pornography often are also hands-on offenders,” said General Landry.

“My office will not rest in our efforts to arrest child predators and help rescue their victims.”

Tipton was arrested by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation last week on Possession and Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13).

Upon further analysis of the evidence obtained through this investigation and arrest, Tipton has been additionally charged with one count of First Degree Rape, four counts of Oral Sexual Battery, three counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children, three counts of Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children, one count of Production of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13), and three counts of Production of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (over 13, but still a minor).

Tipton was booked into the Rapides Detention Center, where he is currently being held on a $600,000 bail.

“Oftentimes people think that once an alleged perpetrator is arrested the case it over; but as it is in this case, we continue to track leads and investigate further,” said General Landry. “Our team’s efforts to get justice is aided heavily by the press sharing the news and the public sharing their information and concerns with us.”

General Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes that have victimized children from infants to 16 years of age.

To report child exploitation, call the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation at 800-256-4506.

Two Rapides Parish Men Arrested for Child Pornography

Left – Gabriel Gunter, Right – Michael Tipton,

Original Press Release – BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Unit have arrested two Rapides Parish men on multiple counts of child pornography charges.  “My office will continue to work diligently and effectively to take child predators off of our streets.” said General Landry. “We will continue doing all we legally can to bring to justice those who expose and exploit our State’s vulnerable children.”

Gabriel Gunter, 35 of Lecompte, was arrested on two separate warrants. The first warrant included three counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13). The second warrant included five counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13) and one count of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (over 13, but still minor). Gunter was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center following a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) Cyber Crime Unit,  the LBI Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Homeland Security investigations, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana State Police.

Michael Tipton, 57 of Alexandria, was arrested on five counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13) and one count of Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13). Tipton was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center following a joint investigation between the LBI Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana State Police.

General Landry is asking the public to please call the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation at 800-256-4506 if they have any information or concerns about Gunter and/or Tipton. The LBI Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes that have victimized children from infants to 16 years of age.

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