Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 204 Burt Boulevard, Benton, 71006 LA
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Phone: 318-965-2203
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Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is located at 204 Burt Boulevard, Benton, 71006 LA. The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office phone number is 318-965-2203.

Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office News

Do You Know This Man? He used a stolen credit card to make purchases Bossier Sheriff's Office detectives are asking the public's help in identifying this man caught on store video using victim's credit card at the store around 1 p.m. back on Oct. 21. This unidentified suspect used the victim’s debit card without permission after the victim lost it. Instead of turning it in to authorities, the suspect used a card that he knew wasn’t his and spent someone else’s money. If you know who this man is, please contact Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100 or the Bossier Sheriff's Office at (318) 965-2203.

Bossier Deputies Teach Students about Safety Maj. Bruce Teutsch and Lt. Sarah Rhodes visited Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning school today to provide safety and crime prevention techniques. The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Training Academy instructors discussed child sex trafficking, situational awareness, and how to get away from your attacker. Outstanding for young people to learn such practical lessons at an early age. In the photos, Lt. Rhodes shows options about how to not stay and fight, but rather provide opportunities for escape.

Sheriff Honors Posse for Hard Work and Dedication to Duty Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington honored the 201 Posse and Auxiliary volunteers with dinner and a special guest speaker Thursday night. Volunteers on the Posse have logged more than 10,000 hours of work this year, which includes 499 funeral escorts, 3,704 vacation watch checks for parish residents, 662 vacation watch checks in Bossier City, 29 emergency call-outs and delivering 158,457 pounds of food for Operation Blessing. Special guest speaker for the event was Tyler Wheeler, Senior Agent for the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division. On Saturday, January 7, 2017, Senior Agent Wheeler was shot in the line of duty while on patrol in Morehouse Parish. Senior Agent Wheeler was shot multiple times during a vehicle stop on US 165 in Morehouse Parish just north of the Ouachita Parish line. He spoke about how he survived the shooting, followed by months of surgeries, recovery, and countless hours of physical therapy. Wheeler thanked the Posse members for their service to their country (many of them are military veterans), and now their service to their community. (Photos by Dep. Rod White, Bossier Sheriff's Office)

Deputies Help Duck Hunter Stranded on Red for a Couple of Hours Marine Patrol deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office helped get a man safely back to shore Wednesday afternoon after his boat became disabled. Deputies Roff Clary and Bradley Virgillito were dispatched near Red River South Marina around 5:30 p.m. to help a man who was stranded on the Red River for a couple of hours. The man had lodged himself on a log after he started having problems with his boat while out checking duck hunting areas. The deputies were able to locate the boat and the young man, retrieve him and escort him back to Red River South Marina. The irony – the man told deputies he had just returned from serving overseas in the Navy. Glad he made it safely back home after serving his country overseas...and glad to see he safely made it back to shore while enjoying the Red. (Photos by Dep. Roff Clary, Bossier Sheriff's Office)

"Timing is everything." That's what Deputy Jessie Bearden, who serves on motorcycle patrol with the Bossier Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday morning after the rain stopped. He was writing a police report in his patrol vehicle when the sun broke through after the rain. He was parked in just the right spot and saw this rainbow and snapped this pic. Yep, timing is everything. While Dep. Bearden was writing his report, he said that seeing the sun breaking through and then spotting the rainbow was a blessing. Sure was.

Bossier Deputies Learn Life-Saving Skills When the first day of class started at Plantation Park Elementary in early August, kindergarten teacher Lindsay Burns choked on a piece of fruit and frantically went to the hallway. Fortunately, she was met by Deputy Chris Slopak, school resource officer, who administered the Heimlich Maneuver and saved her life. It's not often that Bossier Sheriff's Office deputies and staff are faced with having to administer CPR or such life-saving skills to the folks we serve...but we have to be prepared. Sgt. Joey Bowen, an instructor with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Training Academy, provided such specialized training to deputies and staff members today. CPR and First Aid are just two of the items of instruction that deputies learn during their annual In-Service Training at the academy that occurs throughout the year. You never know when you might need it - just ask Dep. Slopak.

More Victims in Benton Child Sex Case Come Forward Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says three more child sex charges have been levied against a Bossier Parish elementary school teacher as more victims come forward. Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office charged Aubrey “Perry” Norcross, 47, with three additional counts of molestation of a juvenile Wednesday as detectives meticulously and thoroughly continue their investigation in this child sex abuse case. Norcross remains incarcerated in the Bossier Maximum Security Facility where he faces a total bond of $2,600,000 on 11 separate charges. “These new charges are much more than just numbers, they are the lives of precious young children,” said Sheriff Whittington. “I know it’s tough for these young boys and girls to come forward and tell their story, but I am grateful for the healing that can begin in their lives.” Bossier detectives are continuing their investigation and urge other young people who were sexually abused by this man to please contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203.

Trick or Treat Safety Dep. Rebecca Priebus, school resource officer for Kingston Elementary School, spoke to students today about Trick or Treat Safety. Bossier Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping your children safe this Halloween. As parents and children go out tonight, attend church or community festivals, or participate Thursday night, here are some valuable safety tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween: • A responsible adult should always accompany children when they trick-or-treat. • Children over the age of 12 responsible enough to go without parents should stay in groups and follow an agreed upon route. • Ensure costumes fit well so they don’t obscure visibility and so children won’t trip or fall. • Use costumes that are flame retardant, reflective or have bright colors. • Carry a flashlight or glow stick. • Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods, stay in well-lit areas and use sidewalks whenever possible. • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them so parents can examine them. • Teach children to never enter any home without you or without your permission, and only approach homes that are well-lit. • Teach children to say NO, GET AWAY, or YOU’RE NOT MY PARENT” from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.

UPDATE: Person of interest has been identified and cleared. The investigation continues. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Person of Interest" Sought in Theft at Well Sites in NE Bossier Parish The Bossier Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in identifying a driver and truck seen on surveillance video in the Plain Dealing near a well site where a theft occurred earlier this month. Detectives note the driver they are looking for is considered a “person of interest.” Te video shows a person driving the truck on Coile Road in northeast Bossier Parish on the same day around the same time the batteries were stolen from well locations. The well company determined the electrical power was lost around 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, and it was just before that time that this truck, a gray Ford F-150 was seen on security camera driving down the road. The same truck is then seen on camera exiting Coile Road around 6:49 p.m. Detectives are asking anyone who may know who owns this truck or who this driver might be to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 or Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.

Trespassing Suspect on Buckhall Road Sought The Bossier Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in identifying a young man caught on security camera trespassing in a Bossier City neighborhood early in the morning before dawn on Oct. 28. Te suspect was seen trespassing and walking around a house on Buckhall Road around 4:30 a.m. When a neighbor attempted to make contact with the suspect, he raised his shirt and stated, “I don’t have anything, I am just walking around.” The man continued walking towards the railroad tracks and was not seen again. He is described as a white male, possibly in his late teens, slim build, wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans. Detectives are asking anyone who may know the identity of this man to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 or Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.

Bossier Deputies Help Navy Week Get Underway The U.S. Navy is in the Bossier/Shreveport area all this week as they conduct Navy Week in our area to showcase the capabilities of the sea-going service to our community. Throughout this week, there will be performances by the Navy Band Southeast and visits to Bossier and Caddo schools and community events by Sailors from the USS Louisiana, USS Constitution, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two. There will be media events and other opportunities for the Navy to provide awareness and support recruiting efforts. Cmdr. Robert Lightfoot, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, as well as graduate from Captain Shreve High School, delivered a speech about “What’s Happening” in the U.S. Navy during a breakfast Tuesday morning hosted by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce at the Petroleum Club. Deputy Emmett Smith and Lt. Bill Davis are retired from the U.S. Navy, and today’s visit was enjoyable. Deputy Smith, who retired from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office last year, served in the Navy as an aviation structural mechanic, recruiter, and operations specialist from 1983 to 2003. He also currently serves at the South Central Regional President (AR, LA, MS, and most of TX) for Fleet Reserve Association. Lt. Bill Davis, public information officer for the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, served in the Navy as a journalist and public affairs officer from 1987 to 2008. Both Smith and Davis are members of Fleet Reserve Association Branch 98 here in Bossier City. Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has even earned his sea legs. A few years ago, he was able to spend some time on a Navy aircraft carrier at sea with the "Leaders to Sea" program, an experience he said he will remember for a lifetime. Sheriff values the service men and women give to their country in the armed forces and is proud to have members of all branches of the military – Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard – serving as deputies, staff and Posse members at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

Severe Weather Concern Officials with the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have been coordinating with the National Weather Service in Shreveport regarding the severe weather possibilities in our area for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. Here is the latest information: • Severe Weather Threat will be present for much of the day Wednesday, with the greatest threat from the early afternoon hours into late evening. Slight Risk for northern portion of our parish and the southern portion will be in a Enhanced Risk. • The biggest threats at this time are strong winds, isolated tornadoes, and large hail. • Locally heavy rainfall associated with the stronger storms may produce localized flash flooding. • Depending on the speed of the cold front, NWS estimates 2-3 inches of rain possible with local heavy downpours likely. (Valid through 7 p.m. tonight through 7 p.m. Thursday - graphic attached) • Showers begin in the Northwest by mid-morning, and storms could start as early as mid-day. The greatest storm threat will be during the afternoon and evening Wednesday, and then the storms will move to the Southeast with the passing cold front. • As wet as it has been, any excessive winds are likely to down trees. Bossier Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies will be out and about to keep folks safe. Please be safe, and if an emergency arises, please contact us at (318) 965-2203.

**UPDATE** 4 p.m. Tuesday To Trick-or-Treat…or Not Some Bossier Parish neighborhoods and subdivisions have decided on their own to hold Halloween activities TUESDAY due to pending inclement weather on Wednesday. They have contacted the Bossier Sheriff’s Office to inform us they plan to have Trick-or-Treating in their neighborhood, so that we can plan accordingly with extra patrols and encourage motorists to be mindful of children out and about. We have also received a lot of phone calls from residents wondering if Halloween plans for their neighborhood has been changed to tonight or not. Here are the subdivisions who have contacted us to let us know they WILL be holding Trick-or-Treating in their neighborhood tonight. Kingston Plantation Woodlake South 2 Turtle Creek Plantation Estates Golden Meadows Bayou Bend Cypress Bend (Tues. & Wed.) Legacy (Tues. & Wed.) Lakewood (Tues. & Wed.) *** Just added at 4:30 p.m. Please note these are only neighborhoods who have contacted us, and we encourage residents to check with their HOA leadership or NW group to determine the specific plans for your area. The Bossier Sheriff’s Office does not make any such determinations on changing Halloween plans, but we want folks to be safe as they go out tonight. We will monitor the weather forecast, which appears to be severe starting sometime Wednesday afternoon. Here are some safety tips from the Bossier Sheriff's Office, as you get out and about this Halloween: • A responsible adult should always accompany children when they trick-or-treat. • Children over the age of 12 responsible enough to go without parents should stay in groups and follow an agreed upon route. • Ensure costumes fit well so they don’t obscure visibility and so children won’t trip or fall. • Use costumes that are flame retardant, reflective or have bright colors. • Carry a flashlight or glow stick. • Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods, stay in well-lit areas and use sidewalks whenever possible. • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them so parents can examine them. • Teach children to never enter any home without you or without your permission, and only approach homes that are well-lit. • Teach children to say NO or GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. • Call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 or your law enforcement agency about any suspicious activity or if candy is suspected of being tainted. • Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, school, church or community organized events.

Bossier Sheriff's Office Halloween Safety Tips Halloween is upon us, and Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is reminding residents of some basic safety tips to help ensure your trick-or-treating outing is a fun and safe experience. • A responsible adult should always accompany children when they trick-or-treat. • Children over the age of 12 responsible enough to go without parents should stay in groups and follow an agreed upon route. • Ensure costumes fit well so they don’t obscure visibility and so children won’t trip or fall. • Use costumes that are flame retardant, reflective or have bright colors. • Carry a flashlight or glow stick. • Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods, stay in well-lit areas and use sidewalks whenever possible. • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them so parents can examine them. • Teach children to never enter any home without you or without your permission, and only approach homes that are well-lit. • Teach children to say NO or GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. • Call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 or your law enforcement agency about any suspicious activity or if candy is suspected of being tainted. • Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, school, church or community organized events. “Halloween is a fun and enjoyable night for our children, and my deputies will be concentrating their patrol duties in residential areas to help keep families and children safe,” said Sheriff Whittington. “I’m also asking motorists to be attentive to young trick-or-treaters and slow it down even more in residential areas with youngsters walking about on Halloween night. For residents passing out candy, be sure and leave your porch light on and remove obstacles from your sidewalks, porches or front yards that could cause children to trip and fall.” SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION Sheriff Whittington also reminds residents that sex offenders are not allowed to participate in Halloween activities. While they are allowed to decorate their house, they should not have their porch lights on, wear masks or hand out candy. “Parents can go to our website at http://www.bossiersheriff.com/sex-offenders and conduct a search to see where sex offenders reside in their neighborhood or the area where the children will be trick-or-treating,” said Sheriff Whittington. “If you know of a sex offender participating in Halloween events, leave that area and contact law enforcement as soon as possible.” You can also check with the Louisiana State Police website at http://www.lsp.org/ under “Sex Offender Registry” to locate sex offenders in other parishes throughout Louisiana. Additionally, sex offenders are prohibited from wearing hoods, masks, or facial disguises anytime, but especially during other holidays, such as Mardi Gras, Easter or Christmas

Bossier Deputy "In the News" Way to go, Deputy Cedric Payne - SRO for Haughton Elementary School. -------------------------------------------------- Dep. Payne's Nominating Letter: "I want to nominate Deputy Cedric Payne for the Caught in the act award. Deputy Payne is SO deserving of this award. He's my boys' SRO officer at Haughton Elementary school. He is the KINDEST soul you'll ever meet. He truly loves all of the children at HES. There's days when its pouring down rain and you can bet Deputy Payne will be standing in the middle of highway 157 with his yellow pancho on and a huge smile on his face while doing it. I have yet to meet one single kid who doesn't love him. He has such a great relationship with the kids. He is a great role model. He even has my three year old putting his play badge on every morning and saying look mommy I Deputy Payne. Not only is he a great SRO but I do know he's a father and a husband. With the way the world is going now with all of the hate towards our police officers, lets shine some light on them all and let them know how appreciative we all are for what they continually do for not only our community, but our children too. I just want to show him how much we truly appreciate him! We love Deputy Payne. And we also love his little sister Demetris Payne for helping us plan this huge surprise for her big brother." ------------------------------------------------- Now that is AWESOME!!! Congratulations, Deputy Payne!

Bossier Deputies Participate in Heroes Run It was a great day for Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies to lace up their running shoes and participate in the third annual Brookshire’s/Super 1 Foods Heroes Run Saturday. Michele Christine, Valerie Everett, Ben Hackenberg, Daniel Taylor, Blake Kennedy, Joey Bowen, Dillon Lopez, Kyle Wallace, and Nikki Walters (and others) participated in the 5K and half-marathon Saturday morning. Some of the deputies have been participating in the Heroes Run since it began. Aside from being first responders, some of the deputies are also military veterans, having served their country in the armed forces. First Responders and Veterans - thus, the Heroes Run! (Photos by Lt. Bill Davis and Sgt. Michele Christine, Bossier Sheriff's Office)

Red River Water Level - ART Boat Launch Still Closed The water level on the Red River remains just under 23 feet and is slowly receding. The level will need to get back down to 18 feet before the Red River Waterway Commission will re-open the public boat launches, including the Arthur Ray Teague boat launch. As of noon Sunday, the level was 22.8 feet, according to the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. Sheriff Whitttington encourages boaters to be safe as they head out on the Red River and other Bossier Parish waterways. Enjoy the great outdoors here in NW LA...just do so safely. (Photos taken Saturday, Oct. 27, by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff's Office)

More Sex Crime Charges for Bossier City Man after Six More Victims Come Forward Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says the Bossier Parish elementary school physical education teacher who was arrested last week on child sex crimes has been charged with six additional sex crimes involving six children. On Friday afternoon, Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Aubrey “Perry” Norcross, 47, with four counts of molestation of a juvenile and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. He remains incarcerated in the Bossier Maximum Security Facility where he faces a total bond of $2,000,000. “Our detectives are continuing a thorough and detailed investigation in this child sex abuse case that has impacted our community,” said Sheriff Whittington. “While I know it’s painful for these young victims and their families to come forward and tell their stories, I commend them for their bravery in the midst of this difficult time. This perpetrator is behind bars, and they can begin their own healing process. “The support our detectives are receiving from the educators and leadership at Bossier Parish Schools and the incredible professionals at the Gingerbread House is phenomenal,” said Sheriff Whittington. Bossier detectives are conducting interviews with other young people and family members, and Sheriff Whittington encourages anyone who was sexually abused by this man to please contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203. “We will not rest until all victims are heard,” stressed Sheriff Whittington.

More Charges for Benton Man Arrested on Child Porn Shreveport Police Department News Release Oct. 26, 2018 Police obtain warrant for Benton man accused of sex crime Shreveport Police have procured a warrant for a Benton man charging him with crimes stemming from inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile. On October 22, 2018, Shreveport Police Sex Crime Investigators received reports that 32-year-old Jared David Fowler, of the 100 block of Lola Circle in Benton, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with at least one juvenile in the Shreveport city limits. Detectives immediately launched an investigation into the allegation and were able to procure warrant for Fowler charging him with one count each of Computer-Aided Solicitation and Felony Carnal Knowledge. He is currently being held in Bossier Parish Maximum Security Correctional Facility on other charges. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Original BSO news release about first arrest: Benton Man Arrested for Child Porn, Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says a Benton man was arrested Monday afternoon for sending lewd photos of himself to a teenage female and possessing nude photos of the underage female. Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Jared Fowler, 35, of the 100 block of Lola Circle in Benton, and charged him with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Bossier detectives discovered he was involved in an inappropriate online relationship with an underage female from Caddo Parish, as well as possessing nude images of the underage female. Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their investigation.

Bossier City Man Arrested on Rape, Molestation of Juveniles Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says a Bossier City man was arrested Wednesday for sexually abusing three underage females. Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Daniel E. Hedrick, 47, of Bossier City, with one count of 1st degree rape, two counts of molestation of a juvenile, and one count of aggravated crimes against nature. Detectives determined he sexually abused one pre-teen girl for a number of years and sexually assaulted two other pre-teen girls at various residences in Bossier City where he has lived over the past 10 years. “I can only imagine how painful this is for these girls to come forward and talk about the horrific things they endured with this man,” said Sheriff Whittington. “But their courage in telling their story helped us properly investigate this case, bring charges against this man, and help start the healing process for these girls. He will not harm then any longer.” Sheriff Whittington also encourages other victims of sexual assault to tell a trusted adult and contact law enforcement. It’s the first step to healing…and locking up sex offenders. Hedrick was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility and booked on the sexual assault charges. He faces a $2,750,000 bond. Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their investigation.

L.O.C. Vehicle Burglary Public Awareness Campaign News report from KTAL-TV about a special meeting Thursday L - Lock Your Door O - Observe Your Surroundings C - Call and Report Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington invites HOAs, Neighborhood Watch groups, subdivision developers, apartment managers, and concerned residents of Bossier Parish to the launch of the L.O.C. campaign. When: Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m. Where: Viking Drive Substation, 2510 Viking Drive You'll get a yard sign to promote the campaign, courtesy of Bossier Crime Stoppers. We look forward to seeing you!

Bossier Training Academy Graduates Earn College Credits - (photos) Obtaining a college degree just got a little easier for deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and other graduates of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy. Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College, signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 22 to award 15 college credit hours towards a criminal justice degree for completion of the Louisiana POST Council - Peace Officers Standards and Training – police academy training. “We know how important education is in our field,” said Sheriff Whittington. “Through this program, once they come to our academy and get 15 hours of credit, they transfer to BPCC towards their associate’s degree, which we know oftentimes leads someone on to pursue and go on to get their bachelor’s degree.” Dan Cain is the Criminal Justice Program coordinator and instructor at BPCC, and he is appreciative of the support of Sheriff Whittington. “There has never been any one single person, as long as I’ve been here, who has done more for this school than Sheriff Whittington,” Cain said. Even if you don’t have any college hours, these 15 hours are a great start towards achieving your educational goals. For those with a college degree, “there’s a pay incentive for you if you’re at the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Whittington. “But more than money, it’s just important because you never know too much. The jewel we have here at BPCC, taking advantage of this program, is something we’re going to continue to do.” Recruits go through more than three months of training at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office academy, and these credit hours are well-earned. “Our number one priority is academics, firearms is second, and physical fitness is third,” said Maj. Bruce Teutsch, director, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy. “We want to make sure that the recruit who leaves our academy is well-rounded and has a lot of knowledge of our criminal justice system here in the United States and the state of Louisiana.” BPCC also signed MOUs with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department. (Story and photos by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff's Office)

Child Sex Abuse Case in Benton - So What Was Said at Tuesday Night's Community Meeting at Benton High School? Check out this story by reporter Stacey Tinsely with the Bossier Press-Tribune - Community Shows up to get Answers from Schools about Sex Abuse Scandal In the wake of a Benton Elementary school teacher’s arrested for sexual crimes against students, Bossier Schools hosted a community meeting Tuesday night. Held at the Benton High School gymnasium Tuesday, Oct. 23, the meeting was designed to give parents tips on how to communicate with their child regarding sexual abuse and answer questions that they might have. Aubrey “Perry” Norcross, 47, of the 2500 block of Waverly Street, Bossier City, was charged Oct. 19 with 1st degree rape of a student after he had been arrested Oct. 17 for video voyeurism of another student. “We trusted him with our children and that trust was violated. It sickens and angers me, and we all feel this sense of betrayal right now,” said Bossier schools Superintendent Scott Smith. Roughly 300 community residents, which consisted of parents, grandparents and children attended the community meeting. On hand to answer questions from the public were Smith, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, outside psychologist Dr. Grady Bray, and representatives from the Gingerbread House. Smith assured parents that the School District had no prior suspicions or complaints about alleged sexual misconduct by Norcross and that district officials would have acted if they did. “As superintendent of the Bossier Parish school system. A district that is known for excellence and a district where you have entrusted in our care the 23,000 plus children that our in our school system. I can personally assure you that we would have never looked the other way or not acted in any form knowing that any kind of sexual misconduct. No sexual misconduct, before now, has been reported to us. We would have acted very very quickly. That’s our nature in the Bossier Parish school system,” said Smith. Sheriff Whittington told residents that more people have come forward with allegations against Norcross. “More victims have come forward. We’re investigating those (allegations),” said Whittington. Sheriff Whittington stated that the additional complaints involve one to 10 more possible victims, both male and female. “It takes time searching computers and phones and everything. We’ll be probably bringing additional charges forth later this week.” said Whittington. Dr. Bray, offered some helpful advise on how to speak to your children about these types of situations. The district hired Dr. Bray’s outside crisis management team, Disaster Management International of Little Rock, Ark., to assist school personnel with assessing and counseling students and families affected by the crisis. “Listen to children as opposed to talking to children. I’ll stress the importance of not interrogating children, but instead learning to use open-ended statements, ‘Yes’ or ‘no’ kind of statements,” said Bray. Representatives of the Gingerbread House offered helpful tips on how to speak to your child if they come to you and state that they were sexually abused: * Be as calm as possible with children. * Remind the child that it is not his or her fault. * Don’t ask a child why he or she did not tell sooner. * Don’t criticize the abuser or say bad things will happen to the abuser. * Don’t ask a lot of questions and don’t let other family or friends ask the child about it. * Report all the information you have to authorities. Norcross is currently being held at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility on $900,000 bail. http://bossierpress.com/community-shows-up-to-get-answers-from-schools-about-sex-abuse-scandal/?fbclid=IwAR1pk1ynWZWFlrAtToAqiZcfeM1kgZVKlUno2Vfj1Zdd4j8r1vkFCLTuWEk

College Degrees in Sight for Academy Graduates - (video) Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor, Bossier Parish Community College, Monday morning. The MOU expands educational opportunities for peace officers completing the Louisiana POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) Council for law enforcement officers and awards 15 hours of criminal justice college credits. (Video by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff's Office)

Helping Children and Parents Deal with Sexual Abuse ***Community Meeting TONIGHT, 6 p.m., Benton High School Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington will participate in tonight's community meeting, hosted by Bossier Schools at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Benton High School Gym. Sheriff is keenly aware of the concern parents and children have with the arrest of a Benton Elementary School teacher for sexual assault charges involving an elementary student. "What this man did is plain evil," said Sheriff Whittington, "but I want to make sure parents know that he is in jail and not able to hurt your children any longer. "I also want to encourage anyone who may be a victim of sexual assault to please tell a trusted adult. We have some of the best detectives here at the Bossier Sheriff's Office, and we will leave no stone unturned as we diligently investigate each case." Sheriff Whittington will join representatives from The Gingerbread House, Bossier Schools, and a team of child psychologists, counselors and other experts will be there to help guide parents on how to talk with their children about sexual issues outside the home and to offer support services. Immediate help from trained professionals is available by calling (318) 773-5146 for anyone struggling with what has occurred. The meeting will also be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/c/BossierParishSchoolBoard and can be viewed later for those unable to attend. Bossier Schools is committed to ensure our students and their families receive every form of support the district can provide as we work together through this difficult time.