WPSO: Sexual predator arrested

Published 1:53 pm Friday, March 30, 2018

On Thursday, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested David Lang, 58, a resident of Oak Drive, south of Bogalusa, for four counts of inappropriate sexual behavior with juveniles, WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley said.

Haley said that Lang was arrested after detectives and Patrol Lt. Chris Hickman executed a search warrant at Lang’s residence. Seized from the residence were several computers, computer hard drives, flash drives, storage disks and cell phones belonging to Lang, Haley said.

The investigation into Lang’s activities began after two juveniles came forward to report forceful sexual battery committed on them by Lang.

Haley said that once Lang was in custody, he made a full confession, admitting to having committed sexual battery on young boys in addition to showing them pornographic images and videos. He also admitted to searching the internet for images of young boys. The investigation into Lang’s activities continues and more charges are possible after the crime lab processes the seized evidence, Haley said.

Lang is currently in the Washington Parish Jail, charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles. No bond has been set at this time. According to Washington Parish Jail records, this is Lang’s first time in the jail.

Lang has worked as a disc jockey at a skating rink, possibly putting him into contact with other juveniles, Haley said. Any parent or other adult who has knowledge or suspicion of inappropriate behavior with juveniles is asked to contact Detective Demmie Rice at (985) 839-3434, ext. 2004.

Sheriff Randy Seal expressed shock and sorrow when he learned of the investigation and arrest.

“I am always shocked and sorrowed to learn that an adult sexual predator has abused young juveniles,” Seal said. “As a father and grandfather, I am deeply distressed that anyone would target youngsters for such deviant activity. My sympathy goes out to the young boys and their families as they deal with this tragic situation, which could have lifetime ramifications. I am so appreciative of the good work of our detectives and patrol deputies.”