Ex-Allen Parish fire chief may face more charges

By By Doris Maricle / American Press

A former Allen Parish fire chief accused of sex crimes involving a juvenile in Beauregard Parish could face more charges in

Allen Parish after a similar complaint was filed there.

Sheriff Doug Hebert III confirmed

Wednesday that Allen Parish authorities are investigating a complaint

involving inappropriate

text messages, but said no charges have been filed pending further

investigation. The complaint was made after similar incidents

were reported in Beauregard Parish.

James Leroy “Rusty” Young, 40, of

Mittie, was arrested April 5 by the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office on

charges of computer-aided

solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He

remained in the Beauregard Parish jail Wednesday on $50,000

bond.

Young was a part-time paid fire chief for Allen Parish Fire District 3 in Grant for six years. He was dismissed from his post

last week after his arrest.

Chief Deputy Joe Toler said authorities in Beauregard Parish began investigating Young earlier this month after a female victim

reported she had inappropriate contact with Young.

Authorities reportedly seized several computers from the fire station, along with Young’s cellphone, to be analyzed as part

of an investigation involving several agencies.

It is not known if Young used the department’s vehicle to meet the girls, Toler said.