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California man accused of indecent behavior, solicitation
A 57-year-old Small Business Administration Disaster Relief worker has been arrested and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, possession of child pornography and computer aided solicitation of a minor, according to Franklin Parish Chief Deputy Kevin Cobb.
Robert W. Buchholz, 8035 Forgetmenot Court, Apt. 8035, Citrus Heights, Calif., allegedly solicited an undercover investigator with the FPSO posing as a 14-year-old girl online. A warrant issued for his arrest included charges that Buccholz sent illicit messages to the "girl" and exposed himself via Web camera video.
"He (Buchholz) and the undercover agent communicated for two days before we made the arrest," Cobb said. "This should be a wake-up call because we are not exempt from this type of activity."
The arrest affidavit alleges that Buchholz had planned to travel to Winnsboro to meet the minor for the purpose of sexual conduct.
With the assistance of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, Franklin Parish deputies arrested Buchholz without incident at a hotel in Galliano. A search warrant of the hotel room yielded a laptop computer, which was seized by deputies at the time of the arrest.
Buchholz had been working at the SBA Disaster Relief Office in Galliano, an independent agency of the federal government.
Buccholz was transported to Franklin Parish and booked into the Frankin Parish Detention Center where he remains under a $65,000 bond.
"We appreciate the sheriff and deputies from Lafourche Parish," Cobb said. "But this is just one arrest in relation to something that happens every day."
Buccholz, a former educator, holds graduate degrees in education and is affiliated with Bible College in Seattle, Wash.
"Sexual predators do not have a particular brand," Cobb said. "They come in every shape and every size and cross every social or racial boundary."
Cobb promotes Internet safety by presenting an awareness program to local schools, churches and civic organizations in an effort to educate parents about the dangers of "surfing the Web." For more information, call Chief Deputy Kevin Cobb at 435-4505.