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St. Landry deputy arrested and fired, accused of providing food for "lewd acts"

St. Landry Parish Sheriff
Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-19 17:20:47-04

A St. Landry Parish Sheriff's corrections deputy has been booked, accused of providing forbidden food items to an inmate in exchange for "various sex acts and displays of lewd behavior."

Eddie Taylor, 33, of Opelousas, was booked with malfeasance in office for prohibited sexual conduct with persons in the custody and supervision of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. He's been terminated, officials say.

The investigation began last week when it was reported that an officer was providing female offenders with "unapproved food items with an understanding that various sexual acts and displays of lewd behavior would be exchanged in a “quid pro quo” arrangement," a release from the sheriff's office states.

Jail security footage from August 12, 2022 shows that Eddie Taylor provided food items to a female offender. He is also observed telling the offender that he has spoken to her family members and provided the funds to post the offender’s bail.

On August 13th, jail security footage shows that Correctional Officer Eddie Taylor provided food items to the same offender and then suggested that she perform a lewd sexual act.

During the evening hours on August 14th, security footage shows that Correctional Officer Eddie Taylor provided food items to numerous female offenders and during the early morning hours on August 15, 2022, stood outside the cell doorway and watched through the cell door window while a female offender performed a sexual act inside the cell.

The food items he provided included chips, candy, honey buns, candy bars and fried chicken. No outside food is allowed in the jail; incarcerated people can get snacks and food from the commissary.

The warrant for his arrested was issued on August 16.