Louisiana snowball stand owner pleads guilty to paying teen girls money, drugs for sex acts

MANDEVILLE, La. (WDSU) - A Northshore snowball stand owner plead guilty Monday to paying teenage girls money and drugs for sexual favors, officials said.

Anthony Barton Fortune, 57, of Mandeville, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on several charges that include sexual battery, production of pornography and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Washington and St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery's office said the crimes were reported when Mandeville police received a report that a Mandeville snowball stand owner was paying teenage girls for sexual activities.

Investigators found 40 images of girls posting nude and performing sex acts in Fortune's apartment, which is connected to the back of his snowball stand.

Two of the victims were 14 years old, one was 15 and another was 16 when the crimes occurred, officials said. The victims also told police that Fortune gave them marijuana and Xanax and paid them between $1,400 and $2,000.

Investigators also found marijuana and a grinder at Fortune's apartment, officials said.

Additional details were not released.

Fortune's other charges include purchase of commercial sexual activity of persons under 18 and distribution of Xanax and marijuana to people under 18.


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