Gays arrested under faulty anti-sodomy law
BATON ROUGE - The Advocate reports that a sheriff's office task force has been using a law struck down in 2003 to arrest men who agree to have sex with undercover male deputies.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office apologized for the actions described in Sunday's article in The Advocate.
"The Sheriff's office apologizes that the way these investigations were handled made it appear that we were targeting a segment of society. That was not our intent," stated the apology from the Sheriff's Office.
According to The Advocate, an undercover deputy offered going to his place for "some drinks and some fun" to a 65-year-old man at Manchac Park. The deputy and the man soon walked back to a nearby apartment where the man was arrested for breaking an anti-sodomy law.
The newspaper says that since 2011, the task force has arrested at least a dozen men who merely discussed or agreed to have consensual sex with an undercover agent.
Gay rights advocates like Matthew Patterson are outraged, stressing that no crime was committed and that it's a waste of valuable police work.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III says his office refused to prosecute the cases because his assistants found no crime had occurred.
Metro Councilman John Delgado says Sheriff Sid Gautreaux owes an apology to the men arrested and the entire parish.