Lafayette

Feb 23, 2011 6:01 PM by Press Release

Broussard Police Chief Fires Officer After Molestation Charges

Statement from Brannon Decou:

Broussard, February 23, 2011: On Tuesday February 22, 2011 I was notified that Juvenile Detectives with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office was investigating a criminal complaint in reference to four counts of Molestation of a Juvenile and (1) one count of Oral Sexual Battery on 28 year old Henry Samuel Bates of Broussard, which is an officer for the Broussard Police Department. I immediately sent his supervisor and an investigator to go get Henry and bring him to the office. Upon their arrival I immediately informed him that he was being placed on unpaid administrative leave and I retrieved his badge and police credentials from him. Sheriff's Office investigators then came in to speak with him and brought him to their office for an interview.

An internal investigation was started immediately because we consider this a serious matter and don't take this lightly since we are held to a higher standard. Today I received the findings of the internal investigation which substantiated violation of departmental policy and ultimately resulted in the termination of Corporal Bates from the Broussard Police Department.

We will not tolerate this type of behavior and I will make sure that our officers continue to be professionals and held to a higher standard as the public has come to expect from the Broussard Police Dept. Law Enforcement as a whole takes a hit when something like this occurs but I would like to make known that none of these offenses occurred while Henry was on-duty as a police officer, nor did anything occur on school grounds. I have re-assigned another officer to Broussard Middle School as the SRO and we will continue to provide your children a safe environment there. We worked together with the Sheriff's Office on this and we will continue to work with them and the DA's Office to make sure that they have everything they need for their case.

We take these crimes seriously and want anyone that is a victim of a crime to report it to their local law enforcement agency.

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