Source: Former Sheriff Jack Strain under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of teens

Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 at 7:31 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A law enforcement source confirmed Wednesday that authorities are investigating allegations that former St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain sexually abused teenagers.

The source said the allegations are being investigated by the FBI and the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office.

The feds have already charged two of Strain’s former top aids in an alleged kickback scheme involving a work release program. Skip Keen and David Hanson are charged with setting up a company in the names of their children so Strain could award a no-bid contract to the company.

The law enforcement source said part of the investigation centers around whether Strain awarded Keen and Hanson the contract, in part, to keep them quiet about alleged sexual abuse.

Strain has not been charged with any crime.

His attorney did not respond to our request for a comment.

The allegations have shocked many, but not members of the group known as Concerned Citizens of Saint Tammany.

“We didn’t want to start questioning people about things they did and we didn’t want to mess up law enforcement so we took that information and gave it to the FBI and the inspector general,” said Terry King with the Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany.

While federal sources confirm the investigation into sexual assault allegations are normally handled on the local level, St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith confirmed that he is not aware of any investigation by his office.

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