NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A former law enforcement officer and one-time candidate for Jefferson Parish sheriff now faces a rape charge.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms that deputies arrested Gladue “Joey” Istre on Feb. 11 for second-degree rape. But because the investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t provide any details about the case.
In 2011, Istre ran for Jefferson Parish sheriff but lost to the incumbent at the time, Newell Normand.
Istre has a long history in law enforcement. He served as a Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy from 1985 to 1997, when he resigned. He then became a patrol officer with Gretna Police. But the Gretna Police Department tells FOX 8 that Istre was fired from that job. He then moved to Westwego, but the Westwego Police Department says he was only there for a few months and resigned in July 2002.
FOX 8 legal analyst,Joe Raspanti, says second-degree rape carries a strong penalty if convicted.
“It’s forcing yourself on somebody or you getting someone so drunk that they don’t know what they’re doing, and then you have a sexual relationship with them. It’s not the life sentence of an aggravated rape or first-degree rape, but you can still get, it’s five to 40 (years), and you’ve got to serve at least two years without benefit of parole, probation or suspension. So, it’s still a very, very serious crime,” Raspanti said.
In 2012, St. Tammany deputies took Istre into custody after they issued a fugitive warrant for him for allegedly writing a bad check worth more than $1,500.
SMG, the company that runs the Superdome, says a full-time employee by the name of Gladue Istre currently works in the security department, but SMG says it does not believe it’s appropriate to make any further comments at this time.
FOX 8 reached out to Istre, but he has not returned our call.