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SORRENTO - City leaders met in executive session Tuesday to discuss a $500,000 lawsuit filed by a woman who said the town's former chief of police assaulted her while she was detained.

Earl Theriot resigned in February over the allegation. He was convicted of lying to the FBI about having sexual contact with the woman in his custody.

After a forty-minute discussion, Mayor Mike Lambert said no action was taken.  The mayor and council cannot discuss what happened in executive session, unless a decision was made.

Following a series of issues, including Theriot's alleged assault and the department losing its insurance coverage, city leaders effectively shut the force down.  The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has handled calls in the meantime and has offered a contract to patrol the town for good if the police department does not return.

Voters have to decide on electing a chief to fill the remainder of Theriot's term and whether or not to officially disband the force.


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