- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police is now investigating allegations that the sheriff of West Baton Rouge had an inmate perform yardwork at his private home in March.

Police spokesman Trooper Taylor Scrantz told The Advocate on Thursday that the agency is investigating the allegations about Sheriff Mike Cazes and inmate Elmer Castillo.

Castillo is serving time for sexual battery against a 13-year-old. The sheriff has said he hired Castillo to work at his home and was personally paying him for the labor. Castillo was not a work-release inmate.

State Department of Corrections officials announced their investigation into the allegations last month. DOC spokesman Ken Pastorick says the agency’s investigation is still open but initial findings have been sent to state police.

The newspaper says the sheriff wasn’t immediately available for comment Thursday.



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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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