Local reporter arrested at Hamel park, charged with obscenity

Published: Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM CDT
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Michael Broussard, 47 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Michael Broussard, 47 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A local news reporter was arrested Friday afternoon by Shreveport police vice agents at a local park.

Shreveport police say 37-year-old Eric Adolphus Cox, also known as Eric James, was arrested at Hamel Park late Friday afternoon and booked into the Shreveport City Jail on a charge of obscenity, which is a felony.

Another man was also arrested in the incident. 47-year-old Michael Broussard is also charged with obscenity.

SPD Cpl. Marcus Hines will only say that the arrests were involving an incident with the vice agents, and that the investigation is ongoing. Online booking notes for Cox say, "Subject exposed himself and asked undercover agent to perform sexual favors."

James was most recently an education reporter for Shreveport ABC affiliate KTBS.  According to his biography on the station's website, which has since been taken down, James' has family ties in Texarkana, Texas.

Station management released a statement on the station web site Friday night, saying "We have heard the report of his arrest. We are in the process of gathering more information and investigating the matter. In the meantime, Eric James has been placed on administrative leave."

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