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Officer on leave after another domestic violence arrest

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 11:50:46-05

UPDATE: According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, on December 25, 2020, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Castille Road in Sunset in regards to a domestic abuse battery complaint.

Deputies met with a woman, who stated that Rasiem Fredericks, 27, was at her home with her three juvenile children, ages 6 years, 2 years and 1 year old. While she was away from her home for a short while, she received a text message from Fredericks, who stated that the 6 year old juvenile yelled at him and hit him in the head, according to a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.

Fredericks stated in a text that he responded by slapping the 6 year old juvenile in the face, but he did not hit him hard enough to make the juvenile pass out, stated the spokesperson. Investigators say Fresericks also sent a picture of the juvenile to the victim’s mother, stating that the juvenile was being too disrespectful and he will not allow it.

A short while later, Fredericks texted the victim’s mother again stating that this was a social media prank.

When deputies arrived at the residence and questioned Rasiem Fredericks, he stated that this was a joke and he used makeup on the child’s face because it was a social media prank, according to the spokesperson. He also allegedly stated that the mother took the joke too seriously.

The juvenile’s face was showing redness and made complaints of tenderness when the red area was touched, according to investigators. The juvenile stated that makeup was not applied to his face.

Rasiem Fredericks was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail booked for Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment.

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POSTED DECEMBER 28, 2020

A recently-hired Church Point Police officer is on administrative leave after his arrest.

Rasiem Alexis Fredericks, 27, was booked with domestic abuse battery (child endagerment) this weekend. St. Landry Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested him, records show.

This is not Fredericks' first arrest. In 2018, he was placed on leave by Basile Police for a domestic violence arrest while he was working for them. Read about that case here, here and here.

Later that year, he was arrested and accused of calling bomb threats in to police. You can read about that case here.

Records at the St. Landry Clerk of Court indicate that those two incidents were handled in September 2019, when Fredericks pleaded guilty to resisting an officer, simple battery and false impersonation of an officer. He was sentenced to 1 year and 90 days in jail, all of which was suspended, and he was placed on a year of supervised probation.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, charges of terrorizing and false information of a planned arson were dropped, records show.

Church Point Police Chief Dale Thibodeaux said that Fredericks is now on administrative leave. Thibodeaux said an investigation is underway and he couldn't say anything else about the incident.

He has released a statement saying Fredericks' application to the department passed all requirements.

"Upon the officers hiring all requirements were met by Fredricks prior to him being hired. A check with the St Landry Parish District Attorneys Office showed all previous charges on Mr. Fredericks had been dismissed and the only thing they showed was a Simple Battery," the chief's statement says.

Thibodeaux said that Fredericks was only recently hired by CPPD, and is still in his probationary period.