Former Gramercy police officer, St. John deputy arrested on second allegation of exposing a teen to the HIV virus _lowres

Barlon Cammon

A LaPlace man arrested in August on charges he had sex with a St. James Parish teen and exposed him to the virus that causes AIDS was arrested again Wednesday on the same charges involving another teen in St. John the Baptist Parish, authorities said Thursday.

The second arrest also brought to light Thursday that Barlon Cammon, 32, had brief stints as a Gramercy Police officer and a St. John sheriff’s deputy. Though St. James deputies said one of two male victims had sexual encounters with Cammon while he was a Gramercy officer, Gramercy police provided a time frame for his employment that preceded when the alleged encounters were said to have happened.

St. John deputies arrested Cammon, 2324 Yorktowne Drive, LaPlace, Wednesday afternoon on the street near his home, said Deputy Dane Clement, spokesman for the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

Clement said Cammon was booked about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday into Lt. Sherman Walker Correctional Facility in LaPlace on two counts each of intentional exposure to the AIDS virus and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

His bail has been set at $200,000, Clement said.

Cammon had been out on a $120,000 bail since Aug. 26 after his arrest in St. James earlier that month on allegations involving another teen, St. James deputies said.

Clement said the arrest Wednesday in LaPlace flowed from the St. James investigation, which was shared with St. John deputies earlier this year.

Maj. Sid Berthelot, St. James sheriff’s chief of operations, said Cammon had met the St. James and St. John teens through an online homosexual dating app known as Jack’d.

When asked, Clement and Berthlot said they could not say whether the teens had contracted the HIV virus, which causes AIDS, citing federal medical privacy rules.

St. James deputies arrested Cammon on Aug. 15 on counts of intentional exposure to HIV and felony carnal knowledge of juvenile following his indictment by that parish’s grand jury four days earlier, Berthelot said.

Cammon was in St. Charles Parish at the time of his first arrest.

St. James deputies received a warrant for Cammon’s arrest on the felony carnal knowledge count May 13, but, by the time the grand jury was convened in August, the investigation uncovered that the St. James teen might have also been exposed to HIV, Berthelot said.

He said the allegations against Cammon came to light after the St. James teen spoke with investigators Jan. 27 — by then, he was an adult — and told them he had a two-year sexual relationship with Cammon in 2012 and 2013. Berthelot said the teen said Cammon told him he was a Gramercy officer.

Berthelot added the relationship did happen while Cammon worked for the department, though the encounters never happened while Cammon was on duty.

But Gramercy Police Chief Brent Dicharry said Cammon was an officer from April 2009 to July 2011.

Dicharry said his office decided to part ways with Cammon over police professionalism issues, including speeding in his police vehicle and abuse of sick leave.

“I had problem with him that we needed to go another direction, but it was nothing involving anything to do with juveniles,” said Dicharry, who said he has been kept informed about the probe.

St. John sheriff’s spokesman Clement confirmed that Cammon worked for the St. John Sheriff’s Office from Oct. 22, 2007, to April 15, 2009, but offered no additional comment Thursday.

Cammon is expected at the St. James Parish Courthouse in Convent for a court date on his St. James charges on Jan. 25, a 23rd Judicial District’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said.

Advocate reporter Ellyn Couvillion contributed to this report. Follow David J. Mitchell on Twitter @NewsieDave.