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Oct 24, 2013 8:53 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

E. Feliciana sheriff sued over arrest in rape case

A 52-year-old Jackson man has filed a federal lawsuit against East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch claiming he was wrongly arrested last year for an alleged rape, without any probable cause.
George Arthur Sheppard claims in the lawsuit that he was held in jail for six months following his April 2012 arrest for simple rape until state District Judge George Ware ruled there was no probable cause for a prosecution during a hearing in August of that year.
Sheppard is claiming in the lawsuit that his rights were violated and the Sheriff's Office falsely arrested and imprisoned him.
Sheriff's Office Detective Don McKey says his office is aware of the lawsuit but could not comment.

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