UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Church Point Police Chief Dale Thibodeaux released the following statement:

A Church Point Police Department Officer Rasim Alexis Fredericks has been arrested by the St. Landry Sheriff’s Department for domestic abuse battery child endangerment. The Church Point officer was recently employed in October and is still within his probationary period. Upon contact of Fredericks arrest, the officer was immediately placed on administrative leave. An internal investigation is being conducted at this time by the Church Point Police Department. Upon the officer’s hiring, all requirements were met by Fredericks prior to him being hired. A check with the St. Landry Parish District Attorney’s Office showed all previous charges on Mr. Fredericks had been dismissed and the only thing they showed was a simple battery.

Police Chief Dale Thibodeaux

ORIGINAL POST: CHURCH POINT, La. (KLFY) — A Church Point Police officer with a criminal history is currently on administrative leave after being arrested for domestic abuse battery by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Rasiem Alexis Fredericks, 27, of Opelousas, remains in the St. Landry Parish Jail on charges almost identical to an Aug. 2018 arrest when he was an officer at the Basile Police Department. He was accused of strangling his domestic partner.

Fredricks was also arrested on similar charges in Sept. 2016 in Tampa, Fla., as well. Two years ago, he was also accused of calling in multiple bomb threats to the St. Landry Parish 911 Communications Center, according to The Eunice News. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz stated that during at least one of those bomb threats, Fredericks identified himself on the phone as “Officer Fredericks.”