APD officer arrested by State Police for malfeasance, weapon and drug charges

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - An officer with the Alexandria Police Department has been arrested by the Louisiana State Police according to information obtained by News Channel 5 from multiple sources with knowledge of the arrest and investigation.

(Source: Louisiana State Police)

Kenneth Thomas, 42 of Deville, has been charged with malfeasance in office, distribution of a CDS I (controlled dangerous substance), and possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS I. He's being held on $2,500 on each count.

In August 2017, LSP's Alexandria field office received information regarding criminal activity involving Thomas, according to LSP. With the assistance of the Alexandria Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, LSP launched an investigation into these accusations. The investigation revealed that Thomas had engaged in illegal activities by having sex with at least one woman, while on-duty, and distributing illegal drugs.

Based on information obtained from the investigation, investigators were able to secure an arrest warrant for Thomas. He was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

“Today marks an unfortunate event for the Alexandria Police Department, however, a necessary one. We, as law enforcement officers, have a duty to seek justice and expose the truth, even when it hurts us,” said Chief Neal Bates, Chief of Police for Alexandria Police Department. “It hurts all of us when one of our own is accused of violating the trust that the public has in us, and we know we will have to strive harder than before to restore that trust. The officer has been placed on Administrative Leave, pending the investigation. Our department will not discuss this investigation, which is led by the Louisiana State Police, except that we will support their findings in the matter.”

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