Charges of lying to FBI filed against Sorrento police chief on day of retirement

Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot (Source: TheCreole)
Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot (Source: TheCreole)
Letter of retirement
Letter of retirement

SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a Bill of Information was filed on now retired Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot.

The signed Bill of Information states that Theriot "did knowingly and willfully make materially false and fraudulent statements and representations to a special agent with the FBI, in that Theriot falsely stated, among other things, that after responding to an emergency dispatch on or about November 1, 2013, and picking up (a woman) that he had dropped (her_ off at her residence, that he did not know how (she) had arrived and entered his office at the SPD that same day, that he had never been alone with (the woman) in his office on that day, and that he had not app tempted to, or had, sexual contact with (the woman) inside his office on such date. In fact, as Theriot well know, after (the woman) entered his police unit, he personally transported her back to the SPD, escorted her into his office, and engaged in sexual contact with (the woman)."

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Theriot's initial court appearance will be held Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1 p.m. Theriot's arraignment will take place Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Other updates from Friday morning, the chief of police in Sorrento says he has retired.

Police Chief Earl Theriot was reportedly seen boxing up his mementos Friday morning and later confirmed his retirement.

Mayor Mike Lambert was reached for comment about Theriot's retirement.

"I was notified of Chief Theriot's letter of retirement late yesterday afternoon," Lambert said. "I wish Chief Theriot the best. The decision he made, I'm sure, is what he feels is best for him, his family and town of Sorrento."

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