LSP clarifies 2013 Dennis Perkins complaint

LSP says no criminal act occurred in 2014 complaint about Dennis Perkins

LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police (LSP) issued a statement Tuesday, Oct. 29 clarifying the agency’s role in a 2013 complaint investigation involving Dennis Perkins.

Perkins is the former head of the Livingston Parish SWAT team who was arrested Oct. 23 on unrelated charges of child pornography and child rape.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Perkins will be in court for a “Gwen’s Law” hearing to determine if he’ll be eligible for bond.

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“In 2013, LSP received information from a third party regarding Perkins,” LSP Public Affairs Commander Captain J.B. Slaton said Tuesday. “LSP referred the information to LPSO for review of Perkins’ actions. LPSO was already aware of the allegations based on information they had also received. LSP was advised LPSO did not need further assistance.”

Sheriff Jason Ard says in 2013, a man came to him to say he believed his own wife was having a possible affair with Perkins. He also believed Perkins had acted inappropriately with a young girl, the sheriff said.

Ard says the man reported Perkins was home watching a movie when two young girls climbed in bed with him. All of them were clothed.

The sheriff said Monday that after WAFB asked him about the alleged incident at the time of his arrest, he asked LSP to interview the man again and they did.

“Upon Perkins’ recent arrest, out of an abundance of caution, LSP revisited the allegation,” Slaton said. “Last week, LSP confirmed that no criminal act occurred in 2014.”

The sheriff says there was never any allegation by the man of sexual misconduct or molestation of a juvenile. Ard says the man did “not want a formal investigation or to file a formal complaint with our office.”

Perkins will be in court in Livingston Parish Wednesday, Oct. 30 for his Gwen’s Law hearing. That’s a hearing to determine if he should continue to be eligible for bond or if bond should be revoked due to him potentially being a threat if released.

The hearing is at 9 a.m. before Judge Charlotte Foster.

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