MORGAN CITY, La. (WVUE) - A St. Mary Parish councilman is accused of stalking a Berwick woman, according to Louisiana State Police.
State troopers arrested 50-year-old James Bennett Monday (May 6), according to police. Investigators said they were alerted by the Berwick Police Department that Bennett had previously been accused of stalking a woman in April, and had continued to do so outside of their jurisdiction.
After searching his Morgan City home Monday morning, investigators found illegal steroids and multiple firearms, state police said.He was booked into the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center on charges of stalking, possession of schedule III narcotics and possession of firearms in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, police said.
The arrest marked Bennett’s third in less than one year, according to the Banner-Tribune Daily Review, who reported his bond was set at $3,500 Monday.
In February, Bennett was arrested about one week after a Berwick woman told police she was being stalked, the Daily review reported. At that time, Bennett was booked into the Berwick jail, according to the Daily Review, who reported he was released on a $20,000 bail before being booked into the Morgan City jail due to active warrants in that jurisdiction.
The Daily Review reported Bennett’s February arrest was related to a July incident when he went to a Berwick home after being ordered not to. According to the Daily Review, Bennet called that arrest a “big misunderstanding.”