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Police Chiefs Continue to Be Arrested in Rapid Succession The AP is reporting that Ville Platte Police Chief Louis Dale Marcantel has been arrested and charged with molestation of a teenage family member. The alleged molestation occured more than ten years ago, and the woman has only recently come forward. Marcantel denies these charges. Marcantel is the sixth Louisiana police chief (or assistant police chief) arrested during the past eleven months. Here's the breakdown (Source: The Town Talk):

  • Jena’s police chief, George King, is free on $20,000 bond after being arrested Oct. 3 on a perjury charge. He is accused of lying in a drug case.
  • Gregg McKinney resigned as Delhi’s police chief on Sept. 20, after pleading guilty to setting fire to his own office and two other felonies. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the maximum possible under his plea bargain.
  • St. Gabriel’s former assistant chief, Lawrence B. Williams Jr., pleaded guilty in May to a federal charge of using his teenage son’s Social Security number to apply for a car loan.
  • Former Opelousas Police Chief Larry Caillier pleaded guilty in May to a federal fraud charge stemming from the misuse of money intended to provide extra patrols for high-crime areas.
  • Lutcher’s former chief, Corey Pittman, pleaded guilty in December to drug charges. He had been caught on videotape selling crack cocaine to an undercover agent.
  • Read more on the Town Talk.