- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former Carencro police officer has pleaded guilty to taking $10,000 and receiving benefits from the owners of a strip club while assigned to regulate activities at the club.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 42-year-old Timothy Prejean pleaded guilty Wednesday to interference with commerce by extortion under color of official right.

Besides the cash, prosecutors say Prejean was not charged a cover to enter Desperado’s Cabaret, had free access to the club’s VIP rooms and got free drinks. Also, prosecutors say he failed to investigate reported illegal activity at the club from 2007 to December 2012, including prostitution and drug distribution and use.

The club’s owners were sentenced in 2014.

Prejean faces up to 20 years in prison, three years supervised release and $250,000 in fines.

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