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Aug 18, 2010 6:15 PM by Letitia Walker

Former Patterson Officer Sentenced in Federal Court

Press Release: Jeffrey Prince, a former police officer with the Patterson Police Department, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison for a civil rights violation, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today. Mr. Prince was also sentenced to one year supervised release following confinement and was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $2,500.00. The sentence
was imposed by United States Magistrate Judge C. Michael Hill.
Prince, 23, of Patterson, La., was convicted by a jury on September 15, 2009, for sexually assaulting a female when she arrived to visit her brother, who was incarcerated at the time at Patterson Parish Jail. When the female arrived at the jail on May 18, 2008, she was told by Prince, who was on duty at the time, to remain in her car. Prince approached the car and sexually assaulted the woman.
In an attempt to defend herself, she grabbed his wrist to move his hand away from her body, but he
threatened to arrest her for assault on a police officer.
Prior to May 18, 2008, the female received an unsolicited telephone call from Prince who
blatantly told her that he wanted to have sex with her. She refused and told him that she was not
interested.
At trial, FBI Special Agent Don Bostic testified that Prince admitted that he may have brushed
up against the victim's breast and that he did feel her leg. Prince also admitted that he told the victim
not to resist or he would arrest her but claimed that he was joking.
At sentencing, Magistrate Judge Hill told Prince that what he did was "despicable" and an
insult, not just to the victim, but to all police officers who are dedicated to protecting the public.

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