BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of calling in the LSU bomb threat on Monday has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux tells 9News that William Bouvay, 42, of Baton Rouge, was charged with willfully conveying false information by attempting to destroy property by means of explosives.
If convicted, this charge carries a sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Cazayoux stated, "This investigation is an example of the strong, collaborative efforts of university, local, state, and federal law enforcement. These investigative agencies moved expeditiously and decisively to identify and prosecute the individual responsible for the recent bomb threat against LSU. We appreciate the dedicated efforts of all agencies involved in quickly resolving this investigation. We will continue to work closely with District Attorney Hillar Moore to achieve the best result possible in this case which wreaked havoc and disrupted the lives of the people of LSU and the entire City of Baton Rouge."
According to FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Michael J. Anderson, "This investigation should send a clear message to the public, and to those who make such terroristic threats to elicit fear, that the FBI and its law enforcement partners will quickly and fully deploy all available resources to bring such individuals to justice."
District Attorney Hillar Moore stated, "I again commend the strong efforts of our university, local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in quickly solving this crime. We will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney's Office in our joint investigation and prosecution."
"This investigation is an example of the success of law enforcement partnerships at the local, state, and federal level within Louisiana," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "The swift culmination of this arrest is indicative of the overwhelming response and resources available to public safety agencies when we work together. I applaud the LSU Administration and the LSU Police Department for their leadership in this investigation."
"I believe this incident was a prime example of all levels of the law enforcement community working together toward a common goal," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "That goal was the safety of the students, staff, and visitors on the LSU campus. I was impressed with the way all agencies on the local, state, and federal level worked together not only for the safety of
those on campus, but also in the apprehension of the person responsible. I am pleased that the Sheriff's Office could assist, and we will certainly be there to help anytime we are needed."
Chief Lawrence Rabalais, LSU Police Department, stated, "The cooperation of the various agencies in this incident is a clear message that this type of action will not be tolerated in our community. The investigation and subsequent arrest, within 48 hours of the incident, are a strong indication of that message."
The investigation is being conducted by the LSU Police, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, FBI, ATF&E, U.S. Marshal's Service, Louisiana State Police, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, and Baton Rouge City Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frederick A. Menner, Jr.