Sorrento, La. Chief of Police Earl Theriot stepped down from his post after pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents during a civil rights investigation.
Theriot lied to agents while they were investigating him for a sexual offense. Theriot now admits he sexually violated an unconscious woman after finding her passed out at a gas station. Rather than taking the woman to a hospital or to her residence, he transported her to his office at the Sorrento Police Department and “engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with her.”
Theriot’s plea deal in the case required him to step down as Sorrento’s police chief.
It is not known why he faces no criminal charges for his sexual offense. His false statements conviction carries a punishment of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release following his imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
United States attorney Walt Green commented on the court’s ruling recently.
“This office, along with our federal, state, and local partners, are dedicated to conducting thorough and complete investigations into credible allegations of police corruption and civil rights violations,” he said. “Those who seek to obstruct such efforts by making false statements to federal investigators will face severe consequences.”