3rd Circuit Court overturns Lecompte’s former assistant police chief’s guilty verdict

By EverythingCenla staff

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, March 10, overturned a guilty verdict for attempted incident behavior with a juvenile for Todd Andrew Jones, Lecompte’s former assistant police chief, according to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

The case was first heard in Ninth Judicial District Judge John C. Davidson’s Court in 2008.

The Appeals Court found that the jury’s determination that defendant had committed a lewd and lascivious act was incorrect and reversed the conviction and sentence. The opinion and the trial record will be reviewed and a determination made as to whether to seek a review by the Louisiana Supreme Court.  Assistant D.A. Mike Shannon prosecuted.

During the trial, the juvenile victim testified that he visited his girlfriend at her home in Alexandria and the girlfriend’s mother and her uncle were present.  Jones was also present.  The two men were sitting in the uncle’s bedroom talking and the 15-year-old victim walked into the room and asked if Jones would give him a ride to a store.  Jones replied “You couldn’t get something for nothing.”

When the juvenile boy asked Jones what he meant, Jones told him to “put my d___ in his mouth.”  The juvenile left the room and reported the episode to his girlfriend’s mother and she advised him to call his mother, who then called the police.

The victim also testified that on a prior occasion when the two men were together, one of them had made a comment about wanting to see some pubic hair.  The jury convicted Jones of attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile which is defined by statute as committing a lewd or lascivious act in the presence of any child under the age of 17 with the intent of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of either person.

Jones at trial admitted that he had made the statement but testified he was just joking.

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