3rd trial date set for man accused of juvenile cruelty

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Juanice Gray and Carolyn Roy
A third court date has yet to be set for a parish man facing charges of cruelty to a juvenile.
Joseph Charles “Joe” Hines of Goldonna was charged in December 2020 resulting from an incident on Oct. 30, 2020, that was captured on film and spread on social media involving a female juvenile and her grandmother.
That criminal case is still open in the justice system. Additional civil cases relating to the Oct. 30 incident, as well as to his position as Goldonna Chief of Police at the time, are also pending.
The criminal case has had 19 court events beginning with the formal charges.
On Nov. 12, 2020, Hines filed a petition for a protective order against the female allegedly involved in the incident, Teresa L. Jurgens. Judge Lala Sylvester issued the temporary restraining order Nov. 23, 2020. The order was delivered to Jurgens who was being held at the Ouachita Correctional facility in Monroe Dec. 7.
On Dec. 16, Judge Sylvester signed a judgement dismissing the petition for a protective order.
Almost two years later, on Jan. 13, 2022, The Clerk of Court issued a notice of outstanding debt to Hines relating to the civil matter. In the court documents, Clerk’s records indicate an outstanding balance of $653.74 is due that office. The debt was transferred to the La. Office of Debt Recovery March 17. Debt Recovery can impose an additional collection fee up to 25% of the total debt. No further public records are available on the matter
On the criminal charges, Hines was to enter a plea May 13, 2021, four months after the charges were filed. Court records show ADA Shantel Wempren represented the State and Hines’ appointed council, Verity Gentry, offered “no offer” for the defendant. Gentry asked for a continuance so a new attorney could take over should it turn into a trial case. A new plea date was set for Sept. 2 with a jury trial date of Oct. 11, 2021.
In June, Gentry’s appointment was revoked and Joshua Williams of Shreveport was appointed to the case.
Hines did not show up for his Sept. 2 plea date stating he had Covid. The plea was continued until Nov. 8 with a new trial date of Feb. 7, 2022.
Williams advised the Court at the plea hearing Nov. 8 that they were rejecting the plea offer and requested to maintain the February trial date.
On July 5 of this year, a new plea date was set for Nov. 17 and on July 7 William’s appointment was revoked and Wes Bailey of Alexandria was assigned to represent Hines.
During the same period, the State Attorney General’s office was filing civil suits. In a letter dated Sept. 6, 2019, the La. Board of Ethics, by certified mail, sent Hines a Notice of Delinquency for failure to file Personal Financial Disclosure Statement relating to his position as Chief of Police covering 2018.
If a person fails to file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement as required by La. State Statute, they have seven business days from the date of the receipt of the notice to file the statement or submit an answer explaining why they didn’t. Failure to will subject that person to an automatic late fee of $50 per day up to a maximum of $1,500.
On Aug. 15, 2022, the La. Attorney General’s office sent Clerk of Court David Stamey a letter referencing Hines’ failure to file.

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Hines was assessed a $1,500 late fee by the La. Board of Ethics.
Jergens, who is charged with Principal to Cruelty to a Juvenile stemming from the Oct. 30, 2020, incident is represented by John Flynn, retained counsel. Her plea date is set for March 7, 2023, with a jury trial date of April 17, 2023.
Hines’ third trial date is set for Feb. 6, 2023.