DA's Office indicts fired lieutenant on more charges related to soliciting prostitutes
A former Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lieutenant charged with soliciting prostitutes, among other charges, has been indicted by the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office on more charges related to the case.
Stacy Bender was arrested in July 2016 by Louisiana State Police after they received a tip regarding alleged criminal activity involving Bender.
The investigation revealed that he allegedly had an on-going sexual relationship with a prostitute. Investigators believe that Bender was on-duty at the time.
Bender 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).
About a week ago, the DA's Office indicted Bender on three more charges. He is now also charged with filing false public documents, abuse of office, and an additional malfeasance charge.
The charge of filing false public documents stems from allegations that he submitted a time card on May 25, 2015 saying he worked 8 hours. Prosecutors say that the time card is false because they said he spent between 1-3 hours having sex with a prostitute.
The charge of abuse of office stems from allegations that he allegedly used his authority in office to "compel and coerce" the prostitute.
Finally, the additional malfeasance in office charge stems from allegations that he failed to report that an alleged caretaker of three girls under the age of 12 were in the care and custody of "an individual entertaining prostitutes and abusing prescription medication."
Bender's trial is still set for August 7.