Jul 24, 2014 6:38 PM by Letitia Walker
A former police officer with Baldwin Police has been arrested after troopers say he fathered a child with a 14-year-old.
Troopers say in October of 2013, at the request of the Baldwin Police Department, they were asked to investigate allegations of a Baldwin Police Officer distributing illegal narcotics. The now former officer was identified as 39-year-old Joseph Brent. He left the force while still under investigation by State Police.
Detectives say they were ultimately unable to prove the narcotics allegation, but they did find out about a pregnant 14-year-old living with Brent and his wife. After the child gave birth in July of 2014, troopers say DNA evidence was collected and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
As a result, on the morning of July 24, 2014, Louisiana State Police Detectives located Brent at his place of employment and arrested him on charges of Molestation of a Juvenile, Malfeasance in Office, Sexual battery, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.
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