RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - A trial has been set for August 7 for Stacy Bender, the former Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lieutenant accused of soliciting prostitutes while on duty.
Former Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lieutenant, Stacy Bender, arrives to court for his pre-trial. (Source: KALB)
District Attorney Phillip Terrell has confirmed to News Channel 5 that a plea deal was offered to Bender to have him plea to a felony charge, but as Bender's attorney, George Higgins, said in court - they haven't haven't discussed the plea yet.
Stacy Bender was arrested in July 2016 by Louisiana State Police after they received information regarding criminal activity involving Bender. With the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, LSP launched an investigation into the accusations.
According to police, the investigation revealed that he had an on-going sexual relationship with a female engaged in prostitution. Investigators believe that Bender was on-duty during the times that he was engaged in these criminal offenses.
Bender has pleaded "not guilty" to malfeasance in office (6 counts), solicitation for prostitution (2 counts), inciting prostitution, obstruction of justice, and unlawful use of criminal records (2 counts).