OBERLIN — Oakdale Police Chief Joseph Lockett and three of his officers were indicted in separate incidents Thursday by a grand jury in Allen Parish.
Lockett and Officer Kenneth Miller were indicted for malfeasance in office for special treatment given to two inmates, including Lockett’s son.
Lockett was also indicted on charges of injuring public records and payroll fraud in connection with the incidents, which occurred between March 2018 and 2019.
Two other officers, Joycelyn Jackson and Matthew DeLeon, were indicted on simple battery charges in connection with the death of an inmate earlier this year.
The officers are expected to turn themselves in to authorities on Monday, Sheriff Doug Hebert III said Friday.
Hebert said the Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate Lockett after his son was arrested and taken out of the city jail without being logged out.
“His (Lockett) son was arrested and he asked us to let him stay in the Oakdale jail because he was worried about his son’s safety, which we allowed,” Hebert said.
It was later learned that Lockett’s son had been taken out of jail and was at home.
“During the investigation we found out that he (Lockett) and (Kenneth) Miller had also taken another inmate out of jail to mow their yards and work at a camp,” Hebert said.
A review of log records by investigators found the inmates were not logged out and the jailer was sent home. Lockett reportedly sent the jailer home and told him he would be paid for a full shift, Hebert said.
Jackson and Deleon were indicted in connection with the death of an inmate earlier this year.
The charges relate to the death of Richard Rosier, 38, of Glenmora. Rosier died while in the city jail.
He was taken to the hospital after suffering what authors describe as an “episode” in his jail cell just hours after his arrest. He was later declared brain-dead.
Hebert said Rosier was not under the influence of anything when he was arrested, but apparently became under the influence and went “berserk” in his jail cell during the night.
An autopsy indicated he had methamphetamine in his system and a history of heart disease, according to Hebert. How he got the drug is not known, he said.
Rosier stopped breathing while waiting for an ambulance and had to be resuscitated before being transported to Oakdale Community Hospital. He was later taken to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, where he was placed on life support awaiting an organ donation.
The autopsy indicated the officers’ actions could have contributed to Rosier’s death, but was not the major cause of his death, Hebert said. He said the lack of training and policies may have resulted in gross negligence by the officers.
Rosier and Jarred Dickson, 34, were arrested Feb. 26 on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after police found a .45 caliber handgun and a long rifle inside a vehicle the two men were in. The vehicle had been reported to police as a suspicious vehicle after being parked outside of a local bank for nearly 40 minutes.