St. Landry

Aug 15, 2014 2:23 PM by KATC

UPDATE: Courthouse accused masturbator in custody for allegedly scamming senior citizen

A Krotz Springs man with a previous record of masturbating in public is now behind bars again for allegedly scamming an elderly shopper.

Opelousas Police report the arrest of Frank LaHaye, who allegedly approached a senior citizen in Wal-Mart, pretending to be a family member, and scamming the senior citizen for money to repair his car.

After giving $50 to LaHaye, 33, the victim determined later that afternoon that LaHaye not his wife's relative, as LaHaye reportedly had said. The victim then contacted Opelousas Police Department.

After OPD investigated, Port Barre Police Department arrested LaHaye and he was questioned by OPD investigators. LaHaye allegedly confessed to the crime, according to OPD Chief Perry Gallow and LaHaye was booked into the Opelousas Jail on a charge of Thefts of Assets from an Aged Person.

Back in October 2009, the OPD twice arrested Lahaye for exposing and fondling himself in public, one incident of which was committed on video at the St. Landry Parish courthouse.

Officers indicated at that time that LaHaye was booked for indecent exposure and booked without bond. A 2009 OPD release indicated that the department intended "to see that Mr. LaHaye's condition is addressed."

Chief Gallow said that he will be discussing these types of scams during an Elderly Awareness Program at the Opelousas Civic Center on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gallow says that, in addition to scam prevention, other issues will be discussed as well, including medicare and health issues. Geno Delafousse and French Rocking Boogie also will provide entertainment.


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