All across our country, parents encourage their children to trust in the helpers and the heroes. We teach our children to look for police when in danger and trust the guidance of their teachers. The men and women who serve their communities in these roles are heroes not only to the tiny faces that look up to them, but the families, including their own, who count on them.

A Louisiana Sheriff deputy and his wife, a middle school teacher, were arrested this week for the most heinous abuse of that trust.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy Dennis Perkins and his wife Cynthia Perkins, have been charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13 and 2 counts of first degree rape.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy Dennis Perkins and his wife Cynthia Perkins, have been charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13 and 2 counts of first degree rape. Additionally, Dennis Perkins is charged with 2 counts of video voyeurism, 2 counts of obscenity and 3 counts of possession of pornography.

Additionally, Dennis Perkins is charged with 2 counts of video voyeurism, 2 counts of obscenity and 3 counts of possession of pornography. Fox 8 reports that evidence seized includes nude photos of the couple with a nude minor child. Additionally, Dennis Perkins faced obstruction charges for throwing his phone into a river when discovering that he was being taken into custody.

The case unfolded as a result of a tip from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The Advocate’s Emma Kennedy reports. The initial information suggesting possession and distribution of child pornography lead Louisiana law enforcement to the commander of one of their own SWAT teams.

“It is a sad day for us, for all law enforcement officers, when you arrest one of your own,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said.

He went on about the violation of trust.

“We at the LPSO work hard every day to retain the trust placed in us by our citizens. I understand this was a veteran law enforcement officer, one who had dedicated a lot of time and effort into this community, but as I have said in the past, no one is above the law. This type of alleged behavior will not be tolerated by me or anyone at the LPSO. I do not condone these alleged acts. I am disappointed. I have always considered Denny a friend and a family member.”

Cynthia Perkins, a 34-year-old junior high school teacher in Livingston Parish, is a divorced mother of three, according to The Advocate.

Her ex-husband has filed a restraining order against her since the arrest. Dennis Perkins is also a divorcee who shares custody of one minor child with his ex-wife. Cynthia Perkins had been an English teacher at Westside Junior High since 2016 and several other area schools in the years preceding.

Perkins had a long career leading up to his most recent position as SWAT commander. He had also served on other local area police forces before joining Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux has recused himself from being involved in the case saying:

“Our office has had a lot of involvement with Mr. Perkins over the years with many cases so we felt like it was in the interest of the entire matter to recuse ourselves.”

Both husband and wife will have separate hearings next week under in accordance with Gwen’s Law. Gwen’s Law dictates that Louisiana courts must hold hearings to determine if granting bail for those accused of domestic abuse will likely pose further risk to the victim. Until such a hearing occurs, the accused must remain incarcerated. It is unknown at this time if the minor or minors involved are family members.

Dennis Perkins was originally booked into Sabine Parish Detention Center for the obstruction of justice charge. He was then transferred to Livingston Parish but will be further transferred to Ascension Parish for his protection from inmates he may have history with during his law enforcement career.

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Sheriff deputy and school teacher wife arrested on charges of producing child porn

It’s bad enough that he snuck across the border and was living illegally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Now police say they’ve arrested him on more than 100 counts of possession of child porn.

Attorney General Jeff Landry said his Cyber Crime Unit made the bust.

“My office and I are committed to doing all we legally can to protect Louisiana’s children,” said General Landry. “This includes arresting a number of illegal immigrants who have inflicted damage on our State’s citizens.”

The suspect is 42-year-old Guillermo Antonio Bethancourth.  Police say they busted him on 117 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 years old, 50 counts of production of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 years old, and 50 counts of video voyeurism.

His arrest came after a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Fugitive Apprehension Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Louisiana State Police.

He’s now in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.  Homeland Security Investigations has placed a detainer on him.

“Internet crimes against children inflict continuous and life-long damage,” added General Landry. “Every time a video or image is viewed, a child is re-victimized.”

According to General Landry, this arrest and others his department has made proves that sneaking across the border impacts more than just “border states.”

“Too many Louisiana families have been victimized by criminals who should never have been in our country,” said General Landry.

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