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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Thursday afternoon presser held by the Baton Rouge Police Department revealed recent arrests of officers and limited details of ongoing investigations involving those officers.
BRPD Chief Murphy Paul said there have been numerous requests from the local media regarding several investigations. During the presser, BRPD confirmed the arrest of two former officers on Thursday following investigations.
Watch the full press conference below:
BRPD Administration Chief of Staff Myron Daniels said Wade Hill, 40, was arrested by detectives on Thursday on charges of second-degree kidnapping, misdemeanor sexual battery, obscenity and malfeasance in office.
Hill is accused of kidnapping a female victim while working an extra duty detail on July 8. According to arrest documents, Hill responded to N. Ardenwood Drive regarding trespassing and handcuffed the suspect before taking her to his home. He allegedly touched the victim inappropriately and made sexual comments toward her. Police documents said she was driven to several places before being taken to Hill’s second residence, a Highland Road apartment.
The victim was allegedly kept in the apartment for one hour before later being dropped off on Highland Road. While in the apartment, according to police documents, Hill touched himself in front of the victim.
Daniels said Hill, a two-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave.
A second officer, Richmond Barrow, 27, was also arrested on Thursday, according to Daniels. He was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office. Barrow is accused of sharing sensitive information with criminals. The police department launched an investigation in June.
Arrest documents said Barrow had shared police body camera footage, shared investigative and surveillance narcotics reports, photographed sensitive information from BRPD’s data system and shared it with friends in a group text, offered to share a confidential informant’s identity to a suspect in exchange for money, photographed an arrestee and shared the image with friends and family, and told a person with a personal relationship with a suspected drug dealer of a search warrant.
Barrow was placed on administrative leave Wednesday, Aug. 31 before he submitted his resignation the same day. BRPD said he was a four-year veteran.
Hill and Barrow were booked into EBR Parish Prison.
Daniels said there is a possibility that leaders in the police department may have conspired in these cases.
“I can promise our citizens that we will never stop striving for excellence and professionalism, and I am proud of the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department and it’s an honor being their chief,” said Paul. “We have so much work to do but I assure you we will continue to make you proud to call us your police department.”