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SPRINGFIELD, La. (BRPROUD) – A Ponchatoula Police Department officer is now on administrative leave after he was arrested in Livingston Parish last Saturday on a sexual battery charge.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Frank Tallia, 24, on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Springfield. The Ponchatoula Police Department confirmed that Tallia was an officer in its department.

Ponchatoula Police Department Chief Bry Layrisson announced on Wednesday, Sept. 28 that Tallia has been placed on administrative leave without pay after an internal review.