Sheriff discusses rape allegations against deputy
GONZALES - Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley commented on the arrest of one of his deputies on malfeasance in office and 1st degree rape charges. According to a press release, the incident happened while he was on the job.
William Lanoux, 31, was booked into Ascension Parish jail on the charge Tuesday afternoon, jail records show. The release says the investigation began Monday night and revealed Lanoux met the girl on a social media site.
The release goes on to say that the two met at a location in Prairieville and that Lanoux thought he was meeting an 18-year-old female. It turns out that the girl wasn't 18 and was a juvenile runaway.
According to Wiley, the crime took place inside of the Lanoux's unit and the 14-year-old girl began screaming when she heard dispatchers mention her name as a wanted runaway.
"She had slipped out of the house," Wiley explains. "There was a change in circumstance where she wouldn't be able to slip back in the house, and he wouldn't be able to drop her off."
When Lanoux drove towards another on-duty deputy, the girl reportedly jumped out of the car and accused him of rape.
When he returned fro a military deployment in 2014, Lanoux presented a flag to the sheriff’s office that had been flown over a military installation in Afghanistan, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. Lanoux began working with APSO in 2008 and had been working with the criminal investigation division as a detective.
"You end up having a situation like you have today, with a victim, a 14-year-old victim, and a grown man who up until now had a bright career in law enforcement," Wiley says.
A spokesperson with APSO tells News 2 that Lanoux is no longer employed with the Sheriff's Office and that he is still in jail waiting for his bond to be set."
"What the public needs to know is that we take care of business promptly, efficiently and firmly," Wiley says of the department's swift response to the situation.