Ex-Sheriff With A 20-Year Career Charged And Arrested For Incest And Aggravated Rape

Ex-Sheriff With A 20-Year Career Charged And Arrested For Incest And Aggravated Rape

The 56-year-old  ex-sheriff has been held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Covington with a $400,000 bond.

An ex-sheriff, who was the longtime subject of a federal corruption probe and a state investigation looking into the alleged sex crimes against juveniles, has been arrested on charges of rape as well as incest. According to reports, former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain was arrested on Tuesday, June 11, by the Louisiana State Police. 



 

The 56-year-old  ex-sheriff has been held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Covington with a $400,000 bond. He was charged with two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated incest, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and sexual battery by a grand jury's indictment. 



 

News sites state that Strain's charges go back to the 70s, with the earliest attacks having taken place against one victim between January 1, 1975, and September 8, 1981. As per the indictment, another victim accused Strain of committing aggravated rape between June 1, 1979, and July 19, 1980. If the dates on the indictment reflect correctly, then Strains earliest offense was committed when the accused was 12 years old. 



 

Strain served as a police chief in Abita Springs before he was elected as sheriff. His career as a sheriff spanned over 20 years before he lost the position to Randy Smith in 2015. Last month, Strain was named as 'public official no.1' in federal court documents which allege that the ex-sheriff of St. Tammany Parish received kickbacks from two top deputies to run the Sheriff's Office's work release program. 



 



 

But the investigation into Strain's kickbacks soon turned into a sex crimes investigation in 2017 after two employees of a work-release program run by the ex-sheriff accused him of sexual abuse. Since then, four people have come forward with accusations against Strain, and as per the indictment documents, one of the victims was under the age of 12 and at least one of the victims was related to the ex-sheriff. 

According to St. Tammany District Attorney Warren Montgomery, if convicted, Strain would face a mandatory life sentence. "Mr. Strain deserves a fair trial, so I will have no further comment at this time," he said in an extremely brief press conference on Tuesday.



 

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