Former Police Officer Indicted in Jail Probe

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 8:56am

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A former Thibodaux Police officer has been indicted for his alleged role in allowing two Assumption Parish inmates to leave the jail unescorted last year.

The Daily Comet reports Tuesday that Rodney Rhodes was indicted on a malfeasance charge for allegedly filing a police report containing a false statement Oct. 2, 2008, in the incident.

A written report by the Assumption Sheriff's Office says Michael
Brown, then assistant warden at the parish's jail, conspired with Thibodaux officers, including Rhodes, to allow the trusties to leave in a parish-owned truck. They did so, the report alleges, so the inmates could be apprehended in Thibodaux and thus embarrass Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack and other officials.