Former St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain was arrested on suspicion of sex crimes dating back to the 70s and 80s, according to the St. Tammany district attorney.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery held a press conference Tuesday afternoon where he announced that Strain was arrested by Louisiana State Police in connection with an investigation headed up by multiple agencies.
Montgomery said Strain was arrested on two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of incest, indecent behavior with juvenile, and sexual battery.
Strain was indicted and given a $400,000 bond.
According to Montgomery, he was presented with evidence from LSP, the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service to confirm the allegations.
The first count of aggravated rape was in connection with an incident that was reported to have happened no later than June 1, 1979 and continuing until July 1980. Strain would have been 16-years-old at the time.
The second count of aggravated rape occurred no later than January 1, 1975 when Strain would have been 12-year-old, according to the indictment. The victim was under the age of 12, according to court documents.
The documents outline the reported first case of incest around the time of April 1, 1996 and continued until July 2002.
A different report of incest was estimated to have occurred around June 1, 2004, according to court documents.
Court documents also outlined indecent behavior with juvenile around April 1, 1996 until July 1, 2002.
If convicted, Strain will face a mandatory life in prison sentence.
St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith issued the following statement regarding Strain’s arrest:
“Since first taking office, I have been actively involved in seeking justice for the atrocities alleged by victims on this parish’s former sheriff.
The information I learned throughout the investigation was deeply disturbing especially because of the severity of the alleged crimes.
Not only did we assist in the criminal investigation of the former sheriff, but I was also duty-bound to determine if any of the sheriff’s associates or colleagues were complicit or aware of any of the information that we learned upon investigating.
The revelations led me to make several changes in the upper ranks of the Sheriff’s Office.
There is no room for a good ole’ boys’ network in law enforcement, especially one that may be willing to put friendship over law.
The actions alleged against the former sheriff are disgraceful and shocking. Today’s indictment of the former sheriff should illustrate St. Tammany’s disdain for corruption or criminal actions of all kinds.
I would like to commend the State Police and District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office for their thorough investigation.
In the coming days, I am sure more facts will come to light to further explain Jack Strain’s behavior and the depth of the corruption within Jack Strain’s administration.
I can assure the citizens of this Parish that not only have we rebuilt this agency as a no-nonsense law enforcement division that takes its role in our community seriously, but today’s news only further motivates us to continue reinforcing our mission to protect and serve with the highest integrity.”
Multiple sources have confirmed that former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has been arrested.
According our sources, Strain was arrested by Louisiana State Police.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery has called a press conference, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.