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Guilty plea: St. Martinville officer filed false report to conceal excessive force

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A former St. Martinville police officer witnessed another officer kick someone in the face, then he filed a false police report to conceal the crime, according to the man's criminal plea agreement in federal court.

Troy Leblanc, who worked as a St. Martinville police investigator, pleaded guilty on Dec. 21 to one count of "misprision of a felony," or deliberate concealment of a felony crime.

According to the plea agreement, Leblanc witnessed a fellow officer — identified in the agreement as C.D. — unlawfully kick a person in the face after a pursuit.

Plea: Officer kicked person as punishment

Leblanc admitted in the agreement that he and three other officers were on patrol on Jan. 7, 2016, when they stopped a vehicle for suspicious activity. When the passenger fled, Leblanc and C.D. pursued and restrained the person, and then C.D. kicked the person in the face.

C.D. told Leblanc he kicked the man in the face as punishment for fleeing, according to the plea agreement.

Leblanc never reported the excessive force. Instead, he wrote a false police report stating C.D. kicked the man in the bronchial plexus, a pressure point, to make the arrest.

The story aligns with allegations against a former St. Martinville officer named Codi Dodge, who earlier this month pleaded not guilty to a seven-count federal indictment for this and another instance of assault, as well as for his alleged efforts to conceal — and to conspire with others to conceal — the actions.

Leblanc faces fines and up to three years in prison and is set for an April sentencing. He's represented by Baton Rouge attorney Ian Hipwell, who was not immediately available for comment on Thursday afternoon.

New chief implements grievance policy for officers

St. Martinville Police Chief Rickey Martin said Leblanc resigned from his position on Dec. 19, two days before his plea agreement and the same day federal officers arrested Dodge.

Martin said Leblanc was a patrol sergeant. St. Martinville City Council meeting minutes show Leblanc former Chief Calder Hebert hired Leblanc on Oct. 6, 2014.

Martin, who succeeded Hebert this month, said on Thursday he's updating his department's discipline policy. He also said he's implemented a grievance policy to encourage his 20-officer force to report wrongdoing.

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