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Sep 27, 2010 9:18 PM by Alison Haynes

Waterproof's ex-top cop faces corruption charges

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - Former Waterproof police chief Miles
Jenkins faces trial on felony corruption charges and sentencing on
unrelated assault charges within two days next month.
Jenkins was convicted last week of hitting a woman he pulled
over for speeding and the Tensas Parish sheriff's deputy who came
to arrest him. He could get up to six months in jail and a $500
fine on each count: battery, resisting arrest and battery of a
police officer.
"We will appeal those convictions to the appellate courts
because what's happening there seems totally unconstitutional,"
said Jenkins' attorney, Robert Jenkins of New Orleans. He would not
provide further details.
The News-Star newspaper reports that sentencing is scheduled
Oct. 26.
On Oct. 25, Jenkins faces trial on three counts of malfeasance
in office.
Jenkins and former Mayor Bobby Higginbotham were both in office
when they were indicted in February 2009. Higginbotham was
convicted in May on one count each of malfeasance and felony theft.
He is seeking a new trial.
In June, state police on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish
arrested Jenkins on a charge of impersonating a police officer
after he was pulled over for flashing blue lights on his truck.
Troopers said he showed a badge reading "Miles Jenkins, Police
Chief, Waterproof, La.," when asked for identification, and told
investigators he had bumped the switch without realizing it.
Troopers called the Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office and learned
Jenkins was fired and never turned in his identification cards or
badge.

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