POSTED: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 4:32pm
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Former Sorrento Police Chief Earl L. Theriot, 65, pled guilty to lying during an FBI investigation of a criminal civil rights case and admitted to sexually assaulting a woman while serving as Sorrento Chief of Police in November 2013.
Following a 911 call, Theriot found an unresponsive woman at a local gas station and placed her in the front seat of his police unit.
Instead of bringing her back to her home, Theriot took her to his office at the Sorrento Police Department where he engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with her.
Theriot also admitted to later making numerous false statements to an FBI Special Agent and a Deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office who were investigating whether Theriot violated federal civil rights laws, among other things.
On February 7, 2014, Theriot resigned as Chief of Police as required by the Plea Agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office.
Theriot faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000.