ABBEVILLE — A 35-year veteran officer of small police departments in Louisiana was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for the second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery of a woman he detained while on duty for the Delcambre police in February 2008.
Ernest Billiot, 54, was convicted of the two charges by a Vermilion Parish jury after a two-day trial in November.
State District Judge Edward Broussard, with the 15th Judicial District, said he agreed with prosecutors that Billiot abused his position of authority.
Broussard sentenced Billiot to five years in prison at hard labor for sexual battery, and 20 years at hard labor for kidnapping. The judge then suspended 10 years of the kidnapping sentence, ruled the sentences would run concurrently, and that they would be served without parole or probation.
“I don’t believe 10 years without parole is excessive,” Broussard said.
Prosecutors with the state Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case, wanted a lengthier sentence.
“I think you have to consider his continued danger to others,” Assistant Attorney General Emma Devillier said.
“He abused his position of authority. That is much more grievous than an average citizen abusing authority,” Devillier said. “… There’s an enormous amount of harm that this man has done.”
Billiot could have been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the kidnapping conviction, 10 years for the sexual battery conviction, and another 10 years because he had a gun when the crime occurred, prosecutors said.
Broussard said he would rec