POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 5:04pm
LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (NBC33) — A 35 year old man who is a deputy with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl. The relationship, we’re told, lasted for several months.
Deputies had to arrest one of their own today, Wednesday, June 27, when an investigation into a runaway teen revealed an illegal relationship.
The teen was reported missing on Monday, June 25 to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. After deputies located the girl, they learned that she had been involved in a relationship with Deputy Murphy Melancon of Bourg, La.
Deputy Melancon, Patrol Division, was questioned about his relationship and he admitted his involvement. He was then arrested and booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex on one count of Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.
Upon arrest Melacon was terminated from his position with the Sheriff’s Office
Melancon is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
If convicted Melacon faces up to 10 years in prison, $5,000 in fines, or both.