An undercover investigation to identify and arrest individuals targeting juveniles for sexual exploitation led to the arrest of two men on Thursday, May 23.

Authorities with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested Pratik Ardeshna, 25, for indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile and attempted carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Authorities also arrested Jimmy Fowler, 37, on charges of prostitution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and methamphetamine.

The arrests are the result of a joint operation between the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Sulphur Police Department, Addis Police Department, and the Port Allen Police Department.

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