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Former Acadiana cop indicted on 7 federal charges

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A former Acadiana-area law enforcement officer has been indicted in federal court on allegations he's falsified reports, tampered with witnesses and destroyed records.

Codi Dodge, 34, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna on Friday and pleaded not guilty to seven criminal counts:

  • 2 counts deprivation of rights
  • 1 count conspiracy to tamper with a witness
  • 2 counts of false reports
  • 1 count of tampering with a witness/informant
  • 1 count destruction of records

Hanna read the charges in open court, but Dodge's indictment — and thus any additional details on the charges — remained sealed on Friday afternoon.

He's being held at the Lafayette Parish jail without bond.

Lawsuits against officer allege misconduct

One of the inmates central to the recent federal investigation into inmate beatings at the Iberia Parish jail settled a lawsuit against Dodge in August, according to federal court records.

Curtis Ozenne alleged in the February lawsuit that while Dodge worked for the St. Martinville Police Department, he forcibly entered a home without a warrant, threatened to kill Ozenne and slapped him in the face with a gun.

Ozenne alleged Dodge then arrested him and falsified a police report, saying he was pursuing a fleeing Ozenne — who at the time was a witness in the federal prosecutions of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and several of his subordinates.

Ozenne also alleged Dodge coerced him into signing an undated consent-to-search form, which he alleges the former officer backdated to justify his illegal entry.

The alleged incident occurred in August 2016. Charges against Ozenne were dropped in October 2016, according to the lawsuit.

A month later, in November 2016, Dodge resigned from his position as deputy chief of the St. Martinville Police Department, according to the department. He'd been employed there since July 2014.

Dodge in 2013 also settled a lawsuit while employed with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, according to federal court records. The suit alleged Dodge used excessive force against a disabled man in 2011 and searched him without probable cause.

KATC Investigates has previously obtained years worth of employment records from St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office. Those records show Dodge had been working for the St. Martin Sheriff since 2008 and left his position in August 2012. The recorded reason for his departure is that he left for other employment.

Dodge has also previously been employed with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, and Carencro Police say he worked as a reserve officer there in 2002.

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