A recent investigation by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives led to the arrest of a south Natchitoches Parish man on sexual battery charges according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 23, deputies responded to a call concerning sexual battery of an employee at a convenience store in the south end of the parish.
The complaint focused on allegations of a man, identified as Glen Pierce Russell, entering the business and while there inappropriately touching a female employee of the business in a sexual manner.
Deputies spoke with management, interviewed the victim, ensured the victim was safe, then completed an offense report for investigative purposes.
The case was turned over to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Detectives reviewed surveillance video, interviewed the victim and positively identified Russell.
A criminal arrest warrant was signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.
On Oct. 29 at 11:33 a.m., Russell, 72, of the 1700 block of Bayou Derbonne Road, Montrose, or 300 block of Sherwood Drive, Dry Prong, was arrested and charged with 1-count of sexual battery.
Russell was released on a $25,000 bond.
Detectives say while interviewing Russell he confessed to the act.
Patrol Deputies issued the victim a LAVNS form. LAVNS is a service provided by the LCLE in cooperation with the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association (LSA), Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association (LDAA), and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC).
LAVNS will monitor the custody status of adult inmates in all parish jails and state prisons. By calling the LA VINE LINE (866-LAVNS-4-U) or accessing the website, victims may inquire about an offender’s status and, optionally, register to be notified upon any change to that offender’s custody status (i.e., release from jail, transfer to another facility, etc.).
LAVNS is free to victims who may call it anonymously and as often as they wish to register or to determine an inmate’s current status.
Dep. C. Haliburton was assisted by Det. D. Sowell in the investigation and arrest.
NPSO commends the store management for their responsible act of protecting their employee, seeing something was not right and reporting this unacceptable act.