$100,000 settlement reached for women photographed by VPPD officer
By: ELIZABETH WEST
A settlement of $100,000 was awarded to plaintiffs in a lawsuit against former Ville Platte Police Officer Larry Fontenot, the City of Ville Platte and the Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue.
According to Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine the $100,000 settlement is to be paid by insurance and the city's litigation fund.
Vidrine said, "I hate to pay these things, especially this type of settlement. I just hate it."
The Associate Press released the financial terms of the settlement reached last month on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of plaintiffs that accused Fontenot of threatening to arrest them and pepper spray them if they didn't comply with "deviant sexual demands."
Fontenot, who retired from the VPPD shortly after the encounter with the plaintiffs, was arrested for the August 2015 incident. He was charged with malfeasance in office (three counts), extortion and video voyeurism.
Fontenot's trial for the criminal charges has been set for June 5, 2017.