5 deputies, 16 inmates arrested in jailhouse rape, beating

Chris Miller
September 27, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Louisiana State Police say five Washington Parish corrections deputies are accused along with several inmates of beating an inmate, and raping another.

According to State Police, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal asked them and the FBI to investigate an incident in the jail. As a result, five deputies and sixteen inmates face charges.

"Through investigative means, Troopers discovered evidence that between July 26th and September 5th, 2018, five WPSO correctional deputies and several inmates were involved in the beating of an inmate and separate rape of another inmate," according to a news release from Louisiana State Police spokesman Trooper Dustin Dwight. "Based on the evidence obtained, Troopers secured arrest warrants for the suspects involved. On Thursday September 27th, 2018, the following individuals were booked without incident into the Washington Parish Jail."

All five deputies are charged with malfeasance, and four also face battery charges. Two of the inmates are charged with rape and battery, and fourteen others face battery charges.

"In early September I learned of an incident in the jail that I believed merited immediate investigation," stated Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. "To ensure a thorough and balanced independent investigation, I contacted both Louisiana State Police and the FBI. With our full cooperation, each agency investigated the incident, resulting in numerous state arrest warrants. I am grateful for the thorough investigative work performed by our fellow law enforcement agencies."

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