Man accused of online impersonation enters not guilty plea
UPDATE: On January 15, 2019, the District Attorney’s Office in Ascension Parish dismissed all charges against Marlon Lemoine. Prosecutors said after a thorough investigation with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lemoine was excluded as a suspect.
Investigators combed through Lemoine’s computers and electronic devices and determined his IP address was NOT used to create the fake profile to impersonate Drew Landry. The criminal investigation into online impersonation continues to determine who did it.
GONZALES- A man accused of impersonating a man from Ascension Parish on an online dating site entered a not guilty plea via his attorney Tuesday.
Franz Borghardt said Marlon Lemoine is innocent, and they have evidence to prove it. Borghardt claims they paid a private company to search Lemoine's electronics and it turned up nothing.
He then claimed his client is the victim.
"If someone is going around impersonating him, it's the same crime," Borghardt said. "That's where we are right now. We are in the investigative phase. He's maintained his innocence since day one."
Earlier this year, Lemoine was arrested accused of taking Drew Landry's facebook pictures and using them on an online dating website. Landry said he thought something was suspicious when a number of women he didn't know began messaging him wanting to date. Problem is, he didn't have any profiles at the time. So people got online and began talking tot he person claiming to be him. That person offered to meet and gave them a phone number that matched Marlon Lemoine's cell.
"I have more than enough texts, screen shots of everything that ties it to him," Landry said. "He knows he's guilty. He ducked out on you, turned himself in and got an attorney."
Fortunately, Landry said the Sheriff's Office took action before it affected his entire life.
"Luckily, career-wise, it didn't trickle into that," Landry said. "But, it could have. Online impersonation is nothing to play with. Somebody else acting like you can destroy you these days."
That's exactly what Borghardt claims happened to his client.
"It's pretty devastating," Borghardt said. "As you can imagine, you are accused of a crime you didn't commit. You lose your job and you're cast with this air of impropriety. "He's maintained his innocence."
A trial date is scheduled for July.