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Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain booked on incest, rape charges

COVINGTON, La. (WVUE) – Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has been arrested by Louisiana State Police and accused of rape and incest.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery held a minute-long news conference at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday (June 11) to announce the arrest.

Strain, 56, of Abita Springs, was arrested earlier in the morning and taken to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He was charged in a grand jury indictment with two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated incest, indecent behavior with a juvenile and sexual battery, according to Montgomery.

DA Warren Montgomery press conference on major arrest – Former Sheriff Jack Strain arrested on charges of rape and incest.

Posted by Chris Finch on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Strain’s attorney, Bill Gibbens, has not returned a call for comment.

Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has been arrested by Louisiana State Police, according to a source.

Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain faces more child rape charges in superseding indictment

COVINGTON, La. (WVUE) – Grand jurors in St. Tammany Parish issued a superseding indictment splitting up counts of aggravated rape against former Sheriff Jack Strain.

Prosecutors said Tuesday’s (Aug. 6) indictment breaks the first count of aggravated rape up into two counts based on date ranges and penalty provision associated with Strain’s age at the time of the alleged crimes.

The superseding indictment also includes the other charges in the original indictment, which include aggravated incest, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and sexual battery.

The eight alleged incidents happened between 1979 and 2004. In June’s indictment, Strain was accused of rape dating back to early 1975, when he was just 12 years old. However, that charge was not included in the new indictment.

Grand jurors in St. Tammany Parish issued a superseding indictment splitting up counts of aggravated rape against former Sheriff Jack Strain.