A Louisiana sheriff’s deputy has been accused of coercing a mother to perform a sex act on her 1-year-old son to avoid arrest in a “sickening” case of sexual abuse.
Authorities have alleged that 42-year-old Shaderick Jones, a deputy with the Iberville Parish Office, went to the home of Iyehesa Todd, 26, Thursday afternoon to confront her about an open warrant she had on a traffic ticket.
St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said Jones allegedly told Todd that he wouldn’t arrest her if she fulfilled “his fantasy” by performing the sex act on her infant son, according to The Advocate.
Todd later told investigators that Jones had filmed the act on his cell phone.
Both Todd and Jones were later arrested for their roles in the alleged rape.
“I have 30 years of experience,” Ambeau said at a press conference to discuss the allegations. “This is at the top of the list for the worst case. I have never witnessed something so disgusting—it’s sickening to your stomach to see.”
A third-party female reportedly brought the video to police Friday after the video was sent to her through Facebook, according to WBRZ.
Jones was arrested later that night.
Authorities confiscated several of Jones' electronic devices and said GPS tracking data on his sheriff’s cruiser also put him at Todd’s home at 3 p.m. Thursday, where he stayed for several hours. The video was recorded at 4:38 p.m. on Thursday.
Ambeau said it’s likely there will be more victims and urged the public to come forward if they had any information about similar allegations.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi called the allegations “sick” and said law enforcement should be held to a higher standard.
Jones had reportedly worked in uniform patrol for the department since 2015, the local paper reports. He had also previously worked for White Castle Police Department and Maringouin Police Department.
Ambeau said the allegations are not representative of most law enforcement officers.
“You have more good officers than you have bad,” he said. “You can do all the psychological evaluation you want—every now and then you have one bad apple slip through the crack.”
The young infant involved in the case is reportedly being cared for by a family relative.
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