- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

EDGARD, La. (AP) - St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff has agreed to rescind the reserve deputy commissions he gave to his wife and two children after a watchdog organization accused him of violating Louisiana ethics law.

Media outlets report the Metropolitan Crime Commission asked letter dated Monday that Sheriff Mike Tregre immediately revoke the credentials. Commission President Rafael Goyeneche says Tregre violated the Louisiana nepotism statute.

Goyeneche says he received complaints that Tregre’s son Jared Tregre wore a badge during a 2013 memorial for fallen officers in Washington - giving the appearance that he was a commissioned officer.

Tregre told The Advocate he had given his son the badge to wear in Washington. He said that before Monday, he was unaware of the state nepotism statute. He added his predecessor awarded similar commissions.

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