LA State Police releases info. on officer's arrest

BATON ROUGE - An investigation by the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigative Division has led to the arrest of a Baton Rouge City Police Officer on Monday evening, September 28, 2009, after his illegal involvement with an East Baton Rouge Parish inmate.

State Police detectives began their investigation in the beginning of September after being notified by Baton Rouge City Police officials that one of their officers was involved in alleged illegal activities with an inmate who was incarcerated at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Detectives received information the inmate had been extorted for money by Baton Rouge City Police Corporal Donald Bailey.  At the time, the inmate was in the custody of the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Department on a Possession of Cocaine charge and a parole hold.

Under an agreement of confidentiality, State Police detectives arranged for the inmate to make a recorded telephone call from the Parish Prison to Bailey, at which time, the inmate told Bailey that he needed help getting out of jail.  Bailey agreed to aid the inmate and told him he would have the charges dismissed and the parole hold lifted in exchange for $12,000. Bailey then contacted the District Attorney's office and the Office of Probation and Parole to request the charges be dismissed and the parole hold be lifted. Both agencies working in conjunction with detectives allowed the charges to be dropped and the parole hold lifted. Once the inmate was released from prison, detectives arranged for the inmate to meet with Bailey. During their meeting, Bailey accepted $1,400.00 in U.S. currency for his assistance. State Police detectives subsequently arrested Bailey at Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters and the funds used were recovered and placed into evidence. Bailey was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Malfeasance in Office and Corrupt Influencing.