Photos of two racist suspects, a married couple, posing nude with a child were among the items authorities seized when a longtime sheriff’s deputy and a junior high school teacher were arrested this week in Louisiana on child rape and pornography charges, according to a report.
Taken into custody Wednesday were Dennis Perkins, 44, and his wife, Cynthia Perkins, 34, FOX 8 of New Orleans reported.
The husband was immediately terminated from his job as a lieutenant with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, while the wife resigned from her teaching job at a junior high school in Walker, La., the report said.
“It’s a sad day for us, for all law enforcement officers, when you arrest one of your own,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said in a statement. “ … but as I have said in the past, no one is above the law.”
Both husband and wife were charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a child under 13, as well as rape charges, authorities said.
Dennis Perkins was additionally charged with obstruction of justice because he tossed his cellphone into a river after realizing investigators were about to arrest him while he was on a fishing trip, a source told FOX 8.
The investigation into the couple’s crimes began with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported.
The number of children who may have been victims of the diabolical white couple wasn’t immediately known, authorities told the newspaper.
Dennis Perkins was transferred to a detention center in Livingston Parish, with bond set at $1.6 million, and was later transferred to the Ascension Parish Jail. Cynthia Perkins was being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond, according to The Advocate.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a statement about the arrests.
“Protecting Louisiana children is one of my top priorities,” Landry said. “So my office and I will continue to do all we can to find and arrest child predators.”