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United Cajun Navy leader alleges extortion, cyberstalking by search volunteers

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Posted at 3:06 PM, May 13, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. — The head of the United Cajun Navy has accused two men in the volunteer effort of searching for the missing Seacor Power crew members of extortion and cyberstalking over demands for money they claim he is hiding.

According to a protective order filed on May 10 in East Baton Rouge Parish, United Cajun Navy President Todd Terrell alleges that search volunteer Christifer DeRouen attacked him through text messages and on social media in an effort for him to surrender money that was donated that amounted to harassment and physical threats.

Terrell also accuses Scott Daspit, the father of missing crewman Dylan Daspit, of cyberstalking, alleging in an affidavit that Daspit and DeRouen acted together in a bid to extort money from him.

According to the order, Daspit allegedly ambushed Terrell on April 30 as he was making checks out to pay for supplies and materials for the search effort.

The document states that Daspit allegedly made false claims to Terrell stating that UCN was not making payments for supplies and demanded that Terrell hand over bank statements from UCN.

Court protection sought from Terrell is only from DeRouen, however.

A hearing is scheduled for May 20 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse.

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