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Ball police chief being investigated by attorney general

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BALL, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Town of Ball's chief of police, Melvin Williams, is being investigated by the state Attorney General's Office.

News Channel 5 has learned that the investigation is due to allegations that Williams sexually harassed a fellow Ball police officer.

News Channel 5 has learned that the investigation began after a male police officer, who's name News Channel 5 is not releasing, came forward with the allegations last month.

That police officer told us in an off-camera phone conversation that Chief Melvin Williams made "unprofessional" and sexual comments to him that were captured on his dash camera in late March.

The officer also says that Williams sent him more than 100 pages of sexually explicit, unwanted text messages.

News Channel 5 has obtained and authenticated these texts messages that were allegedly sent from Williams’s personal cell phone.

We've blurred parts that are too sexually explicit to air.

The first message on your screen shows the police officer telling the chief of police that he is not interested in his sexual advances and he asks him to stop.

The second message shows the nature of the sexually explicit text messages and how graphic the police chief's comments were.

News Channel 5 requested access to the video through the Freedom of Information Act but was denied by the town's attorney because that information is now evidence in the attorney general's investigation.

Williams was appointed police chief of Ball in November.

Earlier this month he tried to fire another police officer, Nathaniel Ussrey, claiming Ussrey accessed personal information on him using the department's research system.

Those claims were thrown out by the town council and Ussrey got to keep his job because Williams did not conduct the investigation the correct way.

Prior to becoming chief, Williams worked for the Pineville Police Department as a reserve captain.

According to his file, in August 2005 he was demoted to reserve lieutenant when he was caught lying to a Louisiana State Trooper during a traffic stop.

Williams told the trooper that he was not a reserve officer but rather a full-time police officer and shift commander.

In October 2005, Williams was also caught by the Pineville Police Department falsifying his volunteer hours on his time sheet.

He was offered the choice of being fired or resigning immediately.

He chose to resign.

The Ball police officer who claims Williams sexually harassed him was placed on paid leave earlier this month.

The attorney general's investigation is ongoing.

No charges have been filed yet.

We reached out to the chief of police, mayor and town council about the investigation. Chief Melvin Williams gave us this statement:

    "I feel like I have been fair with all of my police officers. I feel confident that the attorney general's office will dismiss any allegations. This is an     election year. A lot of stuff is politically motivated. I feel this is one of these issues."

Two town alderman - Curtis Robertson and Chris Covington - issued statements about the investigation.

Robertson said he saw "Nothing to prove that Williams has done that."

Covington called the investigation a "witch hunt" and said "The chief is doing a fantastic job and I'm with him 100%."

We received this statement from the victim's lawyer - Olita Magee:

    “It is absolutely appalling anyone could insinuate that the blatant sexual harassment of an individual is politically motivated or a witch hunt. Many women     are subjected to sexual harassment by their supervisors and certainly aren't made out to be the offender. I am confident that after proper investigation my     client, the victim, will not be treated any different because his offender is of the same sex and the political motivations of others are put aside and this     matter be treated for what it is- sexual harassment."

Jonathon Dean, the mayor of Ball, chose not to comment because of the investigation.
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