Lafayette City Marshal’s former attorney indicted on perjury charge

Charles Middleton (Photo Courtesy: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)

(The Daily Advertiser) – City Marshal Brian Pope’s former attorney was indicted by a Lafayette Parish grand jury Wednesday on a perjury charge for allegedly lying to a grand jury under oath.

Charles K. Middleton, 54, is accused of lying under oath Aug. 17 to a grand jury “by denying that he knew who ‘Redmond’ was while in truth and fact he knew that ‘Redmond’ was Jason Redmond,” the True Bill reads.

According to The IND news organization, the perjury charge against Middleton appears to be related to his and Pope’s involvement in “the drafting of a November 2015 motion to have Sheriff Mark Garber’s divorce record unsealed at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.” Middleton, according to The IND, billed the Marshal’s Office for the legal motion filed by “Mr. Redmond,” and Pope paid the bill. But under oath before a grand jury, Middleton allegedly denied knowing who Redmond was.

Pope also was indicted Wednesday on two perjury charges and five counts of malfeasance in office.

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Pope’s indictment was released to the news media Wednesday evening along with several other grand jury returns. Middleton’s indictment was not released at that time.

Connie Rogers, director of special operations with the District Attorney’s Office, said Thursday the Middleton indictment was sealed until his arrest later Wednesday.

Both men reported to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Wednesday evening where they were booked and released. Pope was released on a $35,000 bond and Middleton was released on a $10,000 bond, according to online records of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The IND sued Pope in 2015 after the city marshal refused to release emails the newspaper requested under the state’s open records law. The IND was seeking emails related to a news conference Pope held, surrounded by uniformed deputies, condemning Garber for allegedly encouraging illegal immigrants to come to Louisiana and file worker’s compensation claims. Garber was running for Lafayette Parish Sheriff at the time against Chad Leger, Scott’s police chief, who was supported by Pope.

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