Posted: Aug 2, 2012 5:32 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Aug 6, 2012 3:04 PM
After nearly a year after being accused of sexual battery, a former Lafayette Police Officer gets booked into jail. Jackie Hagan turned himself in on charges of sexual battery. He has since bonded out on a $20,000 bond. As we told you Wednesday, the victim claims the former officer sexually assaulted her after giving her a ride home.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says the warrant was issued two months ago, after the district attorney decided to pursue charges based on lab results. Until the victim filed a civil lawsuit on Monday, the Sheriff's Department says no one was aware, former Officer Jackie Hagan, hadn't been formally booked on the charges. It happened when the victim's attorney's requested his mugshot, which didn't exist.
"The judge was obviously comfortable about accepting a written plea of not guilty without the defendant present in court," said Captain Kip Judice with LPSO. "It appears as if once he realized procedurally he needed to get booked, he presented himself and came in and made himself available for that process."
Lafayette deputies found the warrant, and turned it over to St. Landry Parish deputies, since Hagan lives in Sunset. He was at work when St. Landry Parish deputies went to his home Wednesday. His wife told deputies he would turn himself in to Lafayette authorities Thursday.
"At this point he's got a $20,000 bond," said Judice. "He's gotta figure out how to satisfy that, and there's a number of ways he could do that. Until that is done hell remain in the custody of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office." Hagan's attorney entered a written plea of not guilty on his behalf, and a pretrial date is set for August 9.