Vernon Parish police chief arrested for stalking

LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - Rosepine Police Chief James Parrott was arrested Wednesday, accused of stalking his estranged wife at her job and home.

Sgt. James Anderson, a spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troops D and E, said troopers arrested Parrott at the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office on charges of stalking and malfeasance in office. After posting $1,000 bond there, Anderson said Parrott was taken to the Beauregard Parish jail, where he was booked with the same charges. Bond there was set at $15,000, Anderson said.

It was unclear whether Parrott remained in custody or was represented by an attorney.

Anderson said Parrott, 49, was booked in both parishes because the alleged crimes occurred in both jurisdictions.

According to a complaint lodged last month against Parrott, Anderson said Parrott allegedly followed his wife and a male friend back to her new home where he obtained the license plate number of the man's vehicle.

"Parrott then used the Rosepine Police Department's computer databases to run the license plate to obtain the identity of the male friend," he said. "Detectives also confirmed that Parrott followed his estranged wife home from work and took photographs of her at her place of employment. Furthermore, Chief Parrott contacted his wife's employer and requested that she be terminated."

Anderson said an investigation is continuing.

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