Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot admits he committed sex acts with an unresponsive woman while responding to a 911 call and now faces a federal sentence for lying to the FBI about it.
Theriot pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements to an FBI agent in connection to a civil rights investigation.
Theriot, 65, admitted at a hearing in federal court Monday that on Nov. 1, 2013, he committed inappropriate acts when responding to a 911 call about an unresponsive person at a gas station. Instead of transporting her to her residence, he placed her in the front seat of his police vehicle and took her to his office where he “engaged in…sexual contact with her.”
Theriot resigned as chief Friday, as required by the plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley says his office, in the meantime, will still be on patrol and responding to residents’ calls in Sorrento.
U.S. Attorney Walt Green said his office was dedicated to investigating “credible allegations” of police corruption and civil rights violations.
The case was worked by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Ascension Parish District Attorney’s Office.