CPSO conducts sting operation on Lake Charles Civic Center grounds

The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

Lake Charles – Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vice Division has conducted a month long undercover sting investigation in an effort to prevent indecent behavior and lewd sexual acts on the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds.

CPSO Vice Division began their investigation in October after detectives arrested Richard C. Roussell, 55, 2106 Walker Drive, Lot # 14, Westlake, after observing him inside an SUV in the Civic Center parking lot, engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with a 15 year old boy.  Detectives also received complaints and concerns from citizens regarding their safety on the Civic Center grounds, particularly in the bathrooms near the kids' water fountain and Millennium Park.  With Millennium Park set to re-open after the 1st of the year, the Sheriff's Office is taking a pro-active stance to rid the area of this lewd behavior.

The Civic Center sting operation included seven (7) CPSO undercover detectives who posed as males playing various roles – ranging from pretending to be park patrons to pretending to be males looking to participate in lewd sexual acts in the parking lot or the bathrooms.         In addition, the CPSO Vice Division used operational techniques, which included video and audio, surveillance, undercover roles, as well as, covert investigative techniques in the sting operation.

The following men were arrested on November 15 and November 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity:

Larriet W. Bebee, 42, of Louie Street, Lake Charles
Ronnie Allison, 46, of 21st Street, Lake Charles
Roy J. Barrett, 84, of S. Highway 109, Starks
Michael C. Chiasson, 50, of Bowie Street, Westlake
Keith W. Dartez, 60, of E. Claude Street, Lake Charles, also charged with possession of marijuana
Floyd J. Fontenot, 64, of Harvard Street, Lake Charles
Brent L. Logan, 27, of Lawton Road, Beaumont, Texas, also charged with 2 counts of sexual battery
Troy L. Williams, 46, of Libby Street, Lake Charles, also charged with 1 count of sexual battery

Christopher D. Bennett, 34, of W. Railroad Ave., Lake Charles
Delton Teal, 67, of Orange Ave., Lake Arthur
Larry McGee, 65, of Gene Ln., Lake Charles.

In 2007, the CPSO Vice Division conducted a similar sting operation at Tuten Park in Lake Charles, resulting in 17 arrests.   Following this operation, Tuten Park was closed to the public.  It has since been redesigned with a revamped security system and plans to re-open after Thanksgiving.     
The CPSO Vice Division is continuing their investigation and more arrests may be forthcoming