LAFAYETTE — Former Lafayette police Officer Jackie Hagan Jr., accused of sexually accosting a woman while he was on duty in 2011, faces up to 10 years in prison at hard labor if he’s convicted at a trial that started Monday.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this case is not complex at all,” Pat Magee, a prosecutor with the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, told the jury of five men and two women at the trial’s opening. One of the jurors is an alternate.
Magee said Hagan, 36, touched the woman’s privates without her consent. Magee said DNA evidence will show Hagan touched her in an intimate way.
Hagan’s attorney, Thomas Alonzo, conceded that Hagan was intimate with the woman, “probably not the smartest thing for him to do,” but insisted the contact was consensual.
Alonzo told the jurors the victim was going through personal problems at the time of the incident in downtown Lafayette, was intoxicated and taking sedatives, and willingly got into Hagan’s police car on Nov. 20, 2011.
The victim was 40 at the time.
Hagan is standing trial on one count of sexual battery, which the District Attorney’s Office charged him with in June 2012. It was not the only allegation of sexual misconduct made against Hagan while he was a Lafayette police officer.
Another woman accused Hagan of sexually abusing her in an incident near downtown in August 2011, on which Hagan was charged in an indictment alleging sexual battery and malfeasance in office.
Though Hagan’s trial this week is for only one of the sexual battery charges, the victims in both alleged attacks are expected to testify. The Advocate’s policy is to not identify victims of sexual assault in its news stories.
Magee said Hagan, a lawman patrolling downtown and near downtown in Lafayette when he accosted the victims, took advantage of women who were drunk and were intimidated by the badge he wore.
“What police do you call to tell on police?” Magee asked.
Alonzo said the case is not so cut and dried. He said the trial this week is based on allegations made by a woman who did not immediately alert police.
He said the victim went home, took a bath and called and texted friends.
The woman did not report the incident to police until her husband told her to, Alonzo said.
The trial resumes Tuesday morning in Judge Marilyn Castle’s courtroom.
To convict Hagan, the six jurors must reach a unanimous verdict.