Trooper on leave, LSU opens Title IX investigation after complaints of 'inappropriate' post-game party with Tiger Band members
BATON ROUGE - Hours after a WBRZ inquiry from Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto to State Police, troopers issued a mass statement to news outlets about a weeks-old investigation into complaints of a trooper and misconduct involving members of the LSU band at an away football game.
Attorney and State Representative Sherman Mack is representing the female band member. He said what happened to her is not just a policy violation but a violation of the law. He claims she was the victim of a sexual battery or assault.
"First of all, both she and her family say they respect law enforcement and back the blue," Mack said. "This is in no way an infringement on law enforcement. There was an incident that was inappropriate that she reported to the band director."
Following that incident being reported, LSU followed protocols and opened a Title IX investigation.
Chris Nakamoto learned of complaints about misconduct involving the trooper and at least one female member of the band while traveling to the Mississippi State game. According to complaints, a trooper traveling on duty to the game was later in a hotel room with band members. Allegations of misconduct included drinking and touching that was sexual in nature.
Mack said his client is giving a statement to State Police on Thursday.
"I do not doubt my client," Mack said. "I've known that family a long time, and they are good people."
LSU told Nakamoto and WBRZ there is now a Title IX investigation underway involving the incident.
WBRZ has made an editorial decision to not name the trooper at this time.
State Police refused to elaborate on the incident, instead issuing a statement:
Following a complaint of an alleged incident involving a Louisiana State University student, an LSP employee was placed on administrative leave last week with all law enforcement property recovered pending the conclusion of the administrative investigation. The complaint involves allegations of a misconduct incident that took place while the employee was working in conjunction with Louisiana State University. The investigation remains active and no further information is available at this time. As the investigation progresses, further information will be made available to the public.
"Upon learning of the allegations, our agency took immediate action to begin the investigatory process and ensure that both the complainant and our employee were notified of the steps being taken,” stated Colonel Lamar Davis, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. “As the investigation progresses, we will ensure all circumstances of the alleged incident are investigated thoroughly and fairly while remaining committed to our citizens and agency personnel with transparency and professionalism."
LSU also issued a statement:
“We’re aware of an incident that occurred, proper protocol was followed in reporting to the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, and the Title IX process is currently being carried out.”
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