Ex-deputy may face criminal charges

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A former Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputy is under investigation for “possible criminal actions,” authorities said.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said the deputy, who has been fired, is the subject of a Lake Charles police criminal investigation.

He said police received a complaint from a person who claimed the officer “committed a criminal act against her.”

Lake Charles Deputy Chief Mark Kraus declined to comment, saying the department has a “long-standing policy” that it does

not comment on sex crimes.

Mancuso said that after Lake Charles

police told him about the complaint, the Sheriff’s Office launched an

internal investigation.

He said the deputy was fired for

“several internal policy violations.” He said none of the actions alone

would have led to

termination, but that added up they did. Citing Sheriff’s Office

personnel policies, Mancuso would not release the officer’s

name nor go into specifics of the investigation.