LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The City of Lake Charles will issue a civil penalty against those who are found committing lewd behavior while in a city park or any other city-owned property.
Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach said the indecent behavior needs to stop in areas near parks and other public places.
"We are very serious about this situation and we don't want this happening on our property," Roach said. "We are going to do everything we can both civilly and criminally to punish those guilty of these offenses."
Those charged for lewd behavior will result in a criminal penalty and possible imprisonment. In addition to the criminal charge, a civil penalty will be charged.
The civil penalty charge will be a monetary fine. Roach said for the first offense $500, $750 for the second offense and $1,000 for the third offense.
"It gets their attention," He said. "It demonstrates seriousness on our part to deal with this problem."
Mayor Roach said hopefully the civil penalty fine will discourage this type of activity from happening on city property.
Again, the civil charge is in addition to a criminal charge, and it is something the city will administer at the time of an arrest or after.
In October of 2011 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a month long undercover sting investigation at the Civic Center.
Detectives began their investigation after arresting Richard C. Roussell, 55 of Walker drive in Westlake after observing him inside an SUV in the Civic Center parking lot, engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with a 15 year old boy.
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.