NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A corrections officer, accused of letting an inmate walk freely to go purchase drugs while the inmate was being transported to another prison, has been arrested.
The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office reported Michelle George, 47, of Moreauville, who is a correctional officer with the Avoyelles Parish Correctional Center, was booked Wednesday into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on charges of assisting escape, obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office. Her bond has not been set.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said George was driving Felicia Daigle, 30, of Napoleonville, to the Avoyelles Women's Correctional Center when she allegedly instead took Daigle to Davis Street in Paincourtville, released her and let her walk to Pugh Street to try to buy drugs.
Waguespack added when Daigle didn't return after some time, George allegedly released another prisoner to go look for her. The second prisoner later returned and reportedly told George that Daigle had already left the area. According to Waguespack, George then drove around looking for Daigle and eventually went to a gas station to meet someone else. Waguespack did not elaborate on who George allegedly met with or why.
However, he said George later left the gas station and found a deputy with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office. He added she reportedly told the deputy an inmate had escaped and an official search for Daigle was put into motion. She was found at her home in Labadieville later that evening, taken back into custody and charged with simple escape.
"[George's] initial statement had some gaping holes, the story and times she gave didn't add up, and it prompted further investigation," said Deputy Robert Martin, Assumption Parish Sheriff Public Information Officer.
Two other people accused of helping Daigle get away were also arrested. Julia Troxclair and David Landry were each booked on a charge of accessory after the fact to simple escape on March 26. Their bonds were both set at $10,000 and they were still in the Assumption Parish Detention Center Wednesday morning.