AMITE, LA (WVUE) - Amite Police Officer Grant Carruth, 25, made contact with two female victims through social media, according to Tangipahoa Parish investigators, and then lured them to face-to-face meetings.
"That's when [Carruth] identified himself as a narcotics agent and told them they were being arrested," said TPSO spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto.
According to Panepinto, one meeting took place in Hammond, while the other was in Robert.
Panepinto said Carruth - who was off-duty and not in uniform - handcuffed the women and then drove to other locations where he allegedly forced them to perform sex acts.
Both women contacted police after Carruth released them, authorities said.
"We connected the similarities," Panepinto said. "Both of the victims had similar stories, not the same story, but similar stories."
Deputies booked Carruth with kidnapping, aggravated rape, sexual battery and theft.
The allegations were shocking for some in Tangipahoa Parish.
"That is totally wrong. Because we look up to officers and we know it's their responsibility to do their job, but when they perform indecently and all, that just because they want sexual activity, that's not right," said Patricia Crayton.
Another woman, who didn't want to be identified, agreed.
"It's really scary, especially in this area," she said. "You think you're safe and the law enforcement is supposed to be protecting you, and then to set you up like that."
Carruth posted a $275,000 certified bond, authorities said. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office is continuing its investigation.
"It is very disheartening," Panepinto said. "It is very heartbreaking for us as well as for the victims and their families."
According to the Amite City Police Department, Carruth is suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.