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Mar 1, 2012 7:39 AM by AP

Former Berwick fire chief arrested on sex charge

FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - Berwick's former fire chief faces 10 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Authorities arrested 47-year-old Michael Touchet, of Bayou Vista, on Tuesday for charges involving a 13-year-old Berwick girl. The Daily-Review reports Touchet was being held in the parish jail on a $250,000 bond.

The arrest followed a joint investigation by the St. Mary Parish and St. Martin Parish sheriff's offices as well as the Berwick Police Department. St. Mary Sheriff Mark Hebert says the probe stemmed from electronic conversations - over about a month - with the juvenile.

Touchet served as fire chief for about a year and was a member of the volunteer fire department since 1986.

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