PORT BARRE, La. (KLFY) – A Port Barre police officer has been charged with domestic abuse battery. St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Caleb Stelly, 21, early Sunday morning. Deputies said an argument between Stelly and his former girlfriend escalated into a fight. She told deputies Stelly, “put his hands on her and threw her out of the way.” The woman said she did not need medical attention.
Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux said Stelly, who was off-duty at the time, has been on the police force for about six months.
Stelly was released from jail on a $5,000 bond. Boudreaux said Stelly was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case. If convicted, Stelly faces up to a $1,000 fine and six months in prison. Stelly told deputies he did not violate any law.