A New Roads police officer is accused of taking $100 to fix a court summons issued to a woman on disturbing the peace only to forget to take care of the matter, leading to the woman’s arrest and prompting a complaint from her boyfriend who’d paid the alleged bribe, according to the officer’s arrest warrant.
The officer, Shane Fabre, 42, was booked Tuesday into Pointe Coupee Detention Center on one count of public bribery, two counts of malfeasance in office and one count of misdemeanor theft of less than $1,000, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. Steve Juge said Friday. The bribery and malfeasance counts are both felonies.
The Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.
Fabre was released Tuesday on $175,000 bond, Juge said.
According to his warrant, Fabre on Tuesday admitted to deputies, after earlier denying all accusations, that he’d accepted money "to take care of" Nakitta Shantell Edwards' misdemeanor, but forgot.
Fabre also admitted, according to the warrant, that on Oct. 17 he stole $95 from a police fund for confidential informants “because his birthday was coming up and he had no money.”
Tony Clayton, a prosecutor in the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, said the investigation is still ongoing. He said he asked deputies earlier this week to look more closely at the police fund Fabre allegedly tapped into.
“We want a detailed account of where that money goes and who touches it,” Clayton said.
New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald said Fabre was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Tuesday and will remain on leave pending the outcome of his criminal case.
Edwards, the New Roads woman at the heart of this case, received a misdemeanor summons for disturbing the peace on June 10 after getting into a fight at her residence with her niece. Edwards and her boyfriend, Earnest Joseph, reached out to Fabre about the summons and Fabre “told them to give him some money and he’d take care of the ticket,” according to the warrant.
But after paying Fabre $100, Edwards missed her court date, prompting a bench warrant and her arrest. Joseph then, according to the warrant, informed the New Roads Police Department of what had occurred.