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Ex-Calcasieu Sheriff’s officer indicted on charge of simple battery

Last Modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 9:14 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A woman accused a former Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s officer of following her home, where she said he made sexual advances toward her, according to an offense report obtained by the American Press.

The officer, Michael Dewayne Williams, 24, was indicted on a charge of simple battery Thursday. He was fired from the Sheriff’s Office following an internal investigation that found “policy infractions,” Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

The investigation was handled by the Lake Charles Police Department.

The offense report said the woman said Williams stopped her after she failed to completely stop at a stop light after leaving College Station, a McNeese Street bar, in the early morning hours of Sept. 15.

She claimed the officer did not ask for her driver’s license, but performed a field sobriety test on her and informed her that he could tell she had been drinking, the report stated.

He told her she was OK to drive, but that he was going to follow her home, she said in the report.

At her home, he asked if he could come inside, where he began kissing her and touching her, she said in the report.

She said he left when she told him her friends would be home soon, according to the report.

The officer told police detectives that when he stopped the woman, she had been crying and had bruises on her upper legs and left forearm, the report said. He said she told him she had a fight with her boyfriend, the report said.

He said she also told him that she was having problems with roommates, which prompted him to follow her home, according to the report.

Once inside, they kissed, but he left when things progressed too far, he said in the report.

Detectives investigating the woman’s complaint found no traffic stops had been called in from the area or around the time she said it happened, according to the report.

Detectives found that video from the officer’s car recorded him pulling over the woman after she failed to stop at the red light, but as the cars pulled off the road, the video stopped, according to the report.

A second video reviewed by detectives showed the officer driving away from the area in which the woman’s home was located, according to the report.

The officer told detectives that he had turned off the video because another call came in as he was stopping the woman and he intended to release her, the report said.

Detectives also found the GPS tracking system in the officer’s car showed him traveling from the area where he stopped the woman into her neighborhood, the report said. The GPS did not show an exact address, but did show that the officer’s vehicle was stationary for more than five minutes, the report stated.

Williams’ lawyer, Glen Vamvoras, could not be reached for comment.

Posted By: stephen On: 10/27/2012

Title: ditto larry

larry right on. we need more of this kind of reporting in our area. good job mr manning.

Posted By: Larry H. On: 10/27/2012

Title: @jonathan Manning

Good reporting.

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