July 29, 2013 in Nation/World

Police in Louisiana make sodomy arrests

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. – An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office task force arrested at least 12 men since 2011 under a sodomy law invalidated a decade ago by the U.S. Supreme Court, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The most recent arrest was July 18 when a man discussed or agreed to have sex with a male undercover agent, the Advocate reported. The task force was trying to deter sexual activities at public parks.

Although sex in public and sex solicitation for money are illegal in Louisiana, neither was part of these 12 cases, and most were arrested after agreeing to have sex at a private residence, District Attorney Hillar Moore III told the newspaper.

“The sheriff’s office’s intentions are all good,” Moore said. “But from what I’ve seen of these cases, legally, we found no criminal violation.”

The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that a Texas law against oral or anal sex was invalid. Louisiana was among nine states with such laws. Richard Ieyoub, then attorney general, said the high court’s ruling made Louisiana’s law unenforceable.

The sheriff’s office sent a statement Sunday to the newspaper saying it “should have taken a different approach” to worries about park safety, the newspaper reported.

Metro Councilman John Delgado said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux owed an apology to the men arrested and the entire parish.

Delgado said he will file public records requests to determine when the district attorney’s office told the sheriff’s office that the men targeted had committed no crime.

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