A woman filmed allegedly performing a sex act on her 1-year-old son told investigators she was coerced into doing so by an Iberville Parish sheriff's deputy who told her it was "his fantasy,” and that he'd help her with a legal matter, St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said Saturday.
The mother, Iyehesa Todd, 26, told investigators that Sheriff's Deputy Shaderick Jones asked her to perform the act on her son on Wednesday in exchange for not arresting her for an open warrant she had for a traffic ticket, according to Ambeau. He said Todd told investigators that Jones, 42, recorded the incident with the child on his cellular phone.
St. Gabriel police officers arrested Jones Friday night, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi. Ambeau said his team coordinated with the Port Allen Police Department and the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office to execute a search warrant for Jones’ residence around 11:45 p.m.
Authorities seized several electronic devices and arrested Jones, Ambeau said. Based on witnesses who had access to the devices, Ambeau said, authorities have proof Jones was in possession of pornography. It was unclear if any of the images on those devices, which have not yet been inspected by investigators, involved children.
GPS tracking in Jones’ sheriff’s cruiser places him at Todd’s residence at 3 p.m. Thursday, Ambeau said, while Jones was still on duty. He remained at the residence for about two hours, though he ended his on-duty shift at 4 p.m.
The video was filmed at 4:38 p.m.
“He had been off duty for 30 minutes,” Ambeau said. “Still in uniform.”
Todd was booked into Iberville Parish jail on first-degree rape and incest, Ambeau said. Jones was booked into West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center on principal to first-degree rape, malfeasance in office and pornography involving juveniles because of the video of the 1-year-old child on his cell phone, according to Ambeau.
Jones and Todd are being held without bond, he said.
The Department of Children and Family Services took the child into protective custody Friday night, Ambeau said. He also spoke to the father, who arrived to pick up his child but was barred from taking him home by DCFS because he did not have a car seat.
Ambeau said a third party came forward on Friday to share the video with St. Gabriel Police, which they told officials they received through Facebook.
“I have 30 years of experience,” Ambeau said. “This is at the top of the list for the worst case. I have never witnessed something so disgusting — it’s sickening to your stomach to see.”
He believes “there’s going to be other victims,” and urges the public to come forward if they have knowledge of Jones doing anything like this in the past.
"This is sick, and law enforcement should be held to a higher standard," Stassi said. "The deputy who worked for me damn sure will be held to that higher standard."
Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office records show Jones has worked in uniform patrol since 2015. Stassi said Jones was an officer with White Castle Police Department before that. Ambeau added Jones also has worked with Maringouin Police Department.
“You have more good officers than you have bad,” Ambeau said. “You can do all the psychological evaluation you want – every now and then you have one bad apple slip through the crack.”
Stassi said Jones was immediately terminated from the Sheriff's Office.
Ambeau said he has contacted federal authorities to possibly assist with the case.