A deputy with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office was arrested Tuesday and accused of raping a juvenile.
Bryan D. Kibodeaux, 42, was taken into custody after a complaint last month involving the sexual abuse of a child, State Police spokesman Sgt. Jared Sandifer said in a news release.
Authorities did not provide additional details of the crime but said the Abbeville man was identified as a suspect during their investigation. Authorities also executed a search warrant on his home.
Kibodeaux was booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on the following counts: first-degree rape and four counts each of indecent behavior with juveniles and sexual battery.
State Police said Kibodeaux has been fired from the sheriff's office and the investigation remains ongoing.
Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a news release Wednesday morning that "he wanted to make if very clear" the investigation and arrest "are a result of matters totally unrelated to the office of sheriff." He also reiterated that Kibodeaux was terminated from his job at the parish jail as soon as officials learned about the State Police investigation.
"In law enforcement, we are held to a higher standard by the public with regard to adherence to the laws of our state. This higher standard includes what the public expects of us both on and off the job, and rightly so," Couvillon said in the statement. "As a parent, my heart hurts over this and my final thought is to pray for the victim and family."