Cop fired for allegedly touching woman's genitals during investigation
Dave Cohen Reporting
A Terrebonne Parish deputy is facing charges and is out of a job after an alleged sexual attack on a woman who had called police for help.
"The female reported that after calling TPSO for assistance in reference to being involved in a disturbance Tuesday night, the deputy, identified as Marlin Meeks, responded to her complaint," Captain Dawn C. Foret said. "While questioning her concerning her complaint, she alleged that Meeks touched her in an inappropriate manner."
Foret says the deputy allegedly touched the woman's genitals.
"When she denied his advances, he withdrew from the situation," according to Foret. "Meeks was questioned about the complaint and admitted to inappropriately touching the female complainant."
The captain says the sheriff's office then arrested and fired the deputy.
"Meeks was relieved of duty Wednesday night and arrested by TPSO detectives Thursday morning. He was booked at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex for one count of malfeasance and one count of sexual battery," Foret said.
She says Meeks was released because of fears for his safety behind bars.
"He was issued a recognizance bond due to safety concerns at the jail facility."
The deputy reportedly has no prior issues like this. Foret described him as a model deputy.
"Meeks was a three year veteran of TPSO assigned to the patrol division. He has no previous disciplinary complaints filed with TPSO."