Via tips last weekend, KATC learned that Leon Boudreaux, the brother of Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux and a former law enforcement officer, is being held in another state on sex crimes.
We are identifying him as a sibling of the chief after Chief Deon Boudreaux issued a statement, telling KATC “Every person is innocent until proven guilty. I have to take the good with the bad. I do not hide anything from the public,” says Deon Boudreaux.
We reached out to authorities in Raton, New Mexico, who confirmed today that Leon Boudreaux is being held without bond on a felony sex charge. We then reached out to the chief.
Today, Chief Boudreaux issued the following:
This is my statement. Please understand this is extremely difficult and sensitive to our family. I know this sort of news can be entertainment for the public but for our family, this is a devastating, life changing burden. Our hearts and lives are shattered and many hearts and lives are affected.
In reference to the New Mexico press release in regards to my brother, Leon Boudreaux’s, arrest, He is currently being held in New Mexico without bond. Respectfully, I cannot comment on the details of the arrest.
A complaint was also made to my office and although I am confident my agency would have handled things properly, due to this involving close family members of mine, I have decided to turn the case over to an outside agency to prevent any doubts of proper process. I have been in contact with Louisiana State Police. I hold myself to even a higher standard of integrity than the general public holds me to.
Opinions, assumptions and false accusations have already reared their ugly faces on social media. Those are typical responses, usually attached with such a topic but they don’t have any merit and are only senseless, ill informed chatter. While most people do not engage in that sort of stuff, some folks are easily entertained and quickly assume guilt based on opinions. However, we live in a country where an accused person has the right of “innocent until proven guilty”.
Our family must trust the investigation and judicial system will render a fair and truthful outcome.
This is a very difficult time for our family, for all parties involved. We love them and are simply asking for prayer at this time.