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The Latest: Judge finds police chief violated woman's rights

June 06, 2016 - 3:42 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Latest on a federal trial for a civil lawsuit that accuses a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting a woman in his town's police station while she was drunk and he was on duty In 2013 (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

A federal judge has ruled that a former Louisiana police chief violated the civil rights of a woman who accused the man of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick didn't immediately rule Monday on whether former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot owes the woman any monetary damages for her claims. Dick also put off a ruling on whether Sorrento is liable for her claims against the town.

However the judge said the woman was legally incapable of consenting to sex due to her drunken state and that Theriot "knew or should have known" of her inability to consent. She also found that Theriot failed his obligation to "serve and protect."

Dick presided over a daylong trial and decided the case without a jury.

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3:50 p.m.

A former Louisiana police chief has refused to answer questions from a woman's attorney at the trial for her lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting her inside the town's police station.

Former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot asserted his right against self-incrimination in response to all 10 questions posed by the woman's lawyer Monday, the first day of the trial.

Theriot was sentenced to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty in 2014 to lying to the FBI about his encounter with the woman. He has not faced any state criminal charges in connection with the woman's accusations.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick will decide without a jury if Theriot or the town violated the woman's constitutional rights.

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12:15 p.m.

A woman who says a Louisiana police chief sexually assaulted her inside his small town's police station in 2013 has testified that the encounter left her in a "state of shock and fear."

A federal judge heard the 44-year-old woman's testimony Monday during the first day of a trial for her civil lawsuit against former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot and the town, which abolished its troubled police department last year.

Theriot was sentenced to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty in 2014 to lying to the FBI about his encounter with the woman.

The woman claims Theriot forced her to perform sexual acts in his office after he found her drunk in public.

Theriot's lawyers claim the woman initiated the "unconsummated" sexual encounter to save herself from jail.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick will decide without a jury if Theriot or the town violated the woman's constitutional rights.

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2:50 a.m.

A small Cajun community disbanded its troubled police department a year ago, but the Louisiana town hasn't shaken a scandal that ousted its police chief.

A federal trial is scheduled to start Monday for a civil lawsuit that accuses former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot of sexually assaulting a woman in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick in Baton Rouge will hear testimony without a jury before deciding if Theriot or the town violated the woman's constitutional rights.

In 2014, Theriot was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his sexual encounter with the woman. The plea deal required him to resign.

Sheriff's deputies now patrol the town of roughly 1,500 residents.

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