Gonzales Police Officer Stromberg honored by FBI

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
The FBI honored Gonzales Police Officer Lee Stromberg for his efforts in a human trafficking case.

Representatives of the FBI honored Gonzales Police Officer Lee Stromberg for his efforts in a human trafficking case in 2011.

“It was the first successful prosecution of a human trafficking case in the Middle District,” the federal court in Baton Rouge, said Taneka Harris, special FBI agent based in Baton Rouge.

Harris was assigned to work human trafficking in 2011, which is when she came in contact with then-Detective Lee Stromberg of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

“(Stromberg) was instrumental in determining that a missing person’s case had actually evolved into a trafficking case where the victim was a 15-year-old juvenile,” Harris said. “Det. Stromberg contacted the FBI and a joint investigation was launched. Ultimately, Stromberg’s partnership with the FBI led to the first successfully federally prosecuted commercially sex trafficking case in the middle district of Louisiana.”

Charles J. DeLaughter, supervisory special agent in Baton Rouge, commended Stromberg on his “outstanding assistance” in the joint investigative effort.

DeLaughter read the certificate to those attended at the council meeting: “The FBI extends its appreciation for your outstanding assistance on a joint investigative effort. Your contributions were immeasurable and you have the gratitude of the FBI for all you did to help accomplish the objectives of the investigation. You can be proud of the role you played and I join my associates with congratulating you on a job well done…”

“It is not an easy accomplishment to receive these awards,” DeLaughter said.