Two troopers demoted after LSP travel investigation

Two troopers demoted after LSP travel investigation

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two Louisiana state troopers are demoted in rank after taking an expensive excursion on the taxpayers' dime. It's a result of a FOX 8 investigation.

Derrell Williams and Rodney Hyatt were the two highest-ranking officers investigated for a trip that four troopers took to San Diego last year for a work conference.

An internal affairs investigation revealed the troopers racked up at least $19,000 by taking detours to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. They also claimed unsubstantiated overtime hours.

Williams was demoted from captain to lieutenant. Hyatt was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant.

The investigation also revealed that Williams sent sexually explicit messages through email while he was supposed to be working.

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