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Arraignment reset for OPD officer charged with malfeasance in office

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 18:47:29-04

OPELOUSAS, La. — The arraignment for an Opelousas Police Department officer charged with malfeasance in office in connection with the alleged beating of a teenager in a hospital last year has been rescheduled for September.

The hearing had been scheduled on Thursday at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse for embattled police officer Sgt. Tyron Andrepont to enter a formal plea for his five counts malfeasance in office.

However, neither Andrepont nor his attorney appeared in court before Judge Gerard Caswell for the proceeding. But before the judge could issue a bench warrant for Andrepont, prosecutors discovered that he hadn't properly been served with a summons for the court date.

The judge then ordered that Andrepont's arraignment be rescheduled for Sept. 10.

Andrepont was booked in June with five counts of malfeasance in connection with the alleged beating of a teenager.

Andrepont then posted a $25,000 bond and was released shortly after being booked. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail or prison and fines of up to $5,000 on each charge.

The Opelousas City Council held a special meeting in July where they voted unanimously to terminate Andrepont's employment with OPD. The council previously moved to reject Andrepont's resignation.

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