East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office: Parish Prison employee arrested for soliciting a woman for prostitution _lowres

Jordan Zachary, an employee with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was arrested and accused of soliciting a woman for prostitution.

The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday defended its decision to hire a man who a year ago was fired by the sheriff’s office in East Baton Rouge Parish following his arrest for soliciting a woman for prostitution.

Capt. Steve Juge said the Sheriff’s Office was aware of Jordan Zachary’s arrest but hired him anyway because he was never convicted for the crime.

“If he had been convicted on this crime, we would have never hired him,” Juge, the spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday when questioned about Zachary's hiring. “It is the policy of the Sheriff’s Office not to hire people with felony records. His criminal history doesn’t show any convictions.”

That’s because Zachary, who was arrested March 2, 2015 on the solicitation count, was able to get his case dismissed after completing the requirements of the 19th Judicial District’s pretrial intervention program.

Zachary, 22, was accused of solicitation of prostitution by a woman who notified the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office that Zachary contacted her through Facebook and offered to pay her for sexual favors.

At the time, he worked security at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

He was immediately fired from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in response to his arrest and booking into the Parish Prison on the misdemeanor offense.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III said his office offered Zachary admittance into the pretrial intervention program because he was a first-time offender with no previous criminal history.

“Jordan Zachary completed all requirements of his evaluators and case managers and completed the program June 15, 2015,” Moore said in an email Tuesday. “With this completion, the charges against Jordan Zachary were dismissed by ‘no bill.’ ”

Juge confirmed Tuesday that Zachary was hired to work at the Pointe Coupee Parish Jail April 25.

“He was already trained in corrections,” Juge said, explaining the Sheriff’s Office interest in hiring Zachary.

Juge pointed out that the office’s employment applications specifically ask applicants if they’ve ever been convicted of a felony, and if so, to explain.

“We were aware of the arrest because we ran a criminal history,” he said. “Because there was no conviction, we did not feel that was a prerequisite not to hire him.”

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