A former Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested by The Department of Homeland Security in New Orleans on May 20 on child exploitation charges.
Former deputy Phillip Guidry, 35, was dismissed from his position following his arrest on 20 counts of possession of child pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. Guidry was arrested amid an investigation by the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General assisted by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to WDSU News, on May 20 investigators arrived at Guidry’s residence in Houma, Louisiana with a search warrant. Upon searching Guidry’s devices, they located several images of child pornography. Guidry was arrested and booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex. The embattled officer is charged with 20 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of 13. Bail is set at $20,000.
Guidry’s employment with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office lasted for more than eight years and officially ended upon his arrest. He spent most of his time as a patrol deputy. Prior to his employment with the sheriff’s office, Guidry served as a U.S. Marine.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says:
“These actions are reprehensible and are in direct opposition to our mission and values at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. As peace officers, we are expected to hold ourselves to the highest standards, but inevitably, some falter. I am extremely disappointed with this deputy’s actions. As we go forward, we will continue holding the men and women of our agency accountable and ensure they maintain the highest standards of integrity and service to the community.”