By Alissa Vilardo
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested a member of the Department on charges of indecent behavior with juveniles and possession of child pornography.
According to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, a report was received on Tuesday morning that an employee had exchanged inappropriate text messages and photographs with a 15-year-old who resides in another parish.
Sheriff Wiley indicated that the employee, Todd Tripp, 24, of 921 A West Elren St., Gonzales, has been employed by the Sheriff’s Office for 18 months and was in training to become a patrolman.
“I instructed detectives to make this case a top priority and within hours they had run a search warrant at Tripp’s home, seized electronic devices, and brought him in for questioning,” Sheriff Wiley Said.
According to Sheriff Wiley, detectives were able to determine that Tripp did meet the youth on at least one occasion, at a public place in Baton Rouge. He added that this investigation “is far from concluded, but due to the nature of the allegation and text messages that we saw, I felt compelled to act swiftly.”
Sheriff Wiley added that Tripp’s employment with the Sheriff’s Office was immediately terminated and that he has been booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. Bond has not yet been set.