Patterson, LA – In October of 2013, at the request of the Baldwin Police Department, Troopers with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations were asked to examine allegations of a Baldwin Police Officer distributing illegal narcotics. The now former officer was identified as 39 year old Joseph Brent of Baldwin, LA.
During the investigation, Detectives were unable to substantiate the narcotics allegation, however; it was discovered that Brent fathered a child with a 14 year old juvenile who was living in the residence with Brent and his wife. The juvenile gave birth to the child in July of 2014 at which time DNA evidence was collected and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
On the morning of July 24, 2014, Louisiana State Police Detectives located Brent at his place of employment and placed him under arrest. Detectives transported Brent to the St. Mary Parish Jail where he was booked on charges for Molestation of a Juvenile, Malfeasance in Office, Sexual battery, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.