ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - A former Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputy has been arrested for a fourth time since 2013 on charges related to juveniles.
Todd Tripp, 26, was first arrested September 10, 2013 on charges of indecent behavior with juveniles and possession of child pornography. Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Tripp is accused of exchanging inappropriate text messages and pictures with a 15-year-old boy from another parish.
Tripp was then arrested October 8, 2013 on more than 300 counts of possession of child pornography. Detectives reported their investigation turned up more evidence from laptops, cell phones and other items taken from a search of his home. Following his second arrest, Tripp's bond was set at $76,000. Officials said he posted bond and was released.
In November 2013, Tripp was arrested on charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Tripp had worked for the sheriff's office 18 months at the time of his first arrest and was training to become a patrolman. He was fired upon his arrest.
On Thursday, he was arrested for pornography involving a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
Detectives received information from the Germantown Police Department in Germantown, Tennessee that they were investigating Tripp, who had been in contact with a 13-year-old male juvenile who lives in Germantown. Officials say Tripp and the juvenile were exchanging comments of sexual nature.
On March 16, APSO detectives conducted a search warrant at Tripp's residence in St. Amant, La. and seized all of his computers, digital media, and cell phones.
Detectives found a nude photo of a young female juvenile and that Tripp was communicating with the 13-year-old male juvenile from Tennessee via social media.
The investigation revealed that Tripp had been discussing with the 13-year-old juvenile the possibility of traveling to Tennessee to visit him in an upcoming trip that never occurred via social media.
Tripp was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail and charged with pornography involving a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor. He is scheduled for a bond hearing on Tuesday, March 31.
The 23rd JDA and District Attorney Ricky Babin have been made aware of the fourth arrest of Todd Tripp via the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 26, for further pornography involving a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor charges.
The District Attorney's office filed a motion for Tripp's bond to be revoked. "These charges are being taken seriously, and the District Attorney's office will be prosecuting this case to the fullest extent of the law," said Charlotte Guedry with Ascension Parish.
Motions to suppress and for preliminary examination have been set for April 20 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Honorable Judge Jesse LeBlanc at the courthouse in Gonzales, LA.