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Deputy faces indecent behavior and child porn charges

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Deputy Todd Tripp (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Deputy Todd Tripp (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
GONZALES, LA (WAFB) -

A sheriff's deputy is behind bars on charges of indecent behavior with juveniles and possession of child pornography.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Todd Tripp, 24, of Gonzales, was taken into custody Tuesday.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Tripp is accused of exchanging inappropriate text messages and pictures with a 15-year-old boy from another parish. Wiley said immediate action was taken once the report of the accusations was received.

“The photos showed an Ascension Parish Sheriff uniform. So, clearly, let there be no doubt it was one of my employees and obviously the (text) messages were compelling and the photos were compelling and graphic,” Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

"I instructed detectives to make this case a top priority and within hours, they had run a search warrant at Tripp's home, seized electronic devices and brought him in for questioning," Wiley stated in a news release.

Wiley added detectives determined Tripp met with the teen at least once. The meeting reportedly happened at a public place in Baton Rouge.

According to Wiley the investigation "is far from concluded, but due to the nature of the allegation and text messages we saw, I felt compelled to act swiftly."

Wiley indicated Tripp had worked for the sheriff's office 18 months and was training to become a patrolman.

Tripp was fired upon his arrest and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. Bond has been set at $30,000.

The investigation is ongoing and there could be more charges pending the completion of the investigation.

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