- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A Louisiana sheriff’s office says a law enforcement agent is accused of sending emails under a phony name to spread false and defamatory information.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says 46-year-old Jerry Rogers Jr. was arrested on a state defamation charge Monday. The news release says Rogers is a former Sheriff’s Office employee who now works for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The release says Rogers is accused of sending false information about the main investigator of a crime to relatives of the victim, causing them to lose trust in the investigator. Details of that crime were not released.

Information on whether Rogers has a lawyer who can comment for him was unavailable. HUD did not immediately respond to a request for information about Rogers.

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