A former employee of Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete surrendered to the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday after a warrant was issued alleging he had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old boy who briefly worked at the truck stop this summer, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Scott Holbrook, 60, 16655 Ramah Road, Maringouin, was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Sheriff Brett Stassi said.
The boy’s father went to detectives on Sept. 2 to show them inappropriate text messages on the teen’s phone, said Maj. Ronnie Hebert, head of the sheriff’s criminal division. Detectives traced the number that sent the messages to Holbrook.
The 16-year-old boy was hired on a trial basis at the truck stop over the summer for a janitorial position, but truck stop owner Michael Sandlin said they decided for various reasons not to hire him for a full-time position.
Sandlin said Holbrook had worked in various positions at the truck stop for about 26 years, but resigned on Sept. 3.
Sandlin said he was shocked at the allegations against Holbrook.
“I will continue to uphold the highest standards for Tiger Truck Stop employees, and customers, and ask that you please pray for a prompt and compassionate resolution for all involved,” Sandlin said in a statement.
Holbrook arrived at the sheriff’s office with his attorney Tuesday and made no statements to detectives, Hebert said.
Holbrook posted $100,000 bail and was released, Hebert said.
The Tiger Truck Stop has been the subject of lawsuits and new laws over the years challenging Sandlin’s right to keep a live tiger in a large enclosure at the truck stop.
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Senate Bill 250 in June allowing Sandlin to keep the tiger at the truck stop.
But a new lawsuit was filed a week later asking a judge in Baton Rouge to strike down what the plaintiffs contend is an unconstitutional special law that gives preferential treatment to the tiger’s owner.
The case has been assigned to state District Court Judge William Morvant.