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Former Louisiana sheriff charged with sex crimes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana sheriff has been arrested on multiple sex crime charges based on allegations dating back to the 1970s.

St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced the indictment of former St. Tammany Sheriff Rodney Jack Strain Jr. at a news conference in Covington Tuesday afternoon.

Bond was set at $400,000.

In a news release, Montgomery said the allegations involve four victims. Charges include aggravated rape, aggravated incest, sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Conviction of aggravated rape carries a life sentence.

The release says the earliest of the allegations dates back to a period between 1975 and 1981. The latest was in 2004.

Strain was elected sheriff in 1995. He lost a 2015 re-election bid.

His attorney did not immediately respond to an email query.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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