Posted: Jul 18, 2012 5:30 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jul 18, 2012 5:30 PM
PORT ALLEN- The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed a deputy from New Roads was reassigned from his courthouse detail to the WBR jail. Sources told News 2 the deputy turned in his notice after the reassignment.
It comes on the heels of a News 2 investigation into possible preferential treatment at the jail for Victoria Gosserand, who pleaded "no contest" to charges of vehicular manslaughter in a drunken driving crash.
A source told News 2 the Sheriff believed that deputy was "the snitch" about Gosserand's treatment. However, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office denied our investigation had anything to do with his reassignment.
Last week, News 2 questioned Sheriff Mike Cazes about video we obtained outside the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail. It showed Victoria Gosserand walking in plain clothes without handcuffs or shackles outside the prison. Our investigation revealed Gosserand is in a cell by herself, and is one of the only women in a prison work program.
"Tell whoever your snitch is, tell him he's got a job for a little bit longer," Sheriff Mike Cazes said. "But, I have the final say so, your service is no longer needed."
Gosserand was sentenced to three years with credit for time served after she pleaded no contest in connection to a crash that killed Terri Parker and badly injured Kyle Rivere in 2009.
Online, hundreds of you sounded off about this investigation.
"I'm nauseated by this!" said Ellen Landess Chauvin on our Facebook page. "She needs to be transferred to a facility where she will serve her "minor" sentence like every other murderer. Mr Sheriff needs to go and the "snitch" who's job is in jeopardy needs a promotion!"
"It's garbage like this that keeps renewing that stereotype of corrupt southern lawmen... And it's not a stereotype if it's still happening," said Claude and Pam Parish, via Facebook.