Former Bunkie police chief and former dispatcher arrested on multiple misconduct charges

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AVOYELLES PARISH, La. – After a lengthy and thorough investigation, Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Alexandria Field Office have arrested the former chief and a former dispatcher of the Bunkie Police Department.

In July 2018, investigators received a criminal complaint regarding alleged misconduct in office by former Chief Bobby Corner, 48, and former dispatcher Nicholas Desselle, 26.

“The investigation revealed that Corner allowed multiple pieces of evidence to be unsecured, misplaced and lost in the Bunkie Police Department’s building,” State Police said.

Corner is also accusing of failing to introduce certain items into the evidence room, mishandled a felony case file, failed to process traffic citations and tampered with the Bunkie Police Department’s surveillance system. Authorities also believe he shredded official department files.

The investigation also indicated that Desselle “disabled the surveillance camera in the Bunkie Police Department’s maintenance building on multiple occasions.”

Based on information obtained from the investigation, investigators were able to secure an arrest warrant for Corner and Desselle.

On Oct. 17, Desselle was arrested and booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center.

He was charged with tampering with surveillance systems. Earlier today, Corner was arrested and booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center. He was charged with tampering with surveillance systems, injuring public records, malfeasance in office, and malfeasance in office (tampering with evidence).

The investigation remains active and ongoing, State Police said. 

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting the Suspicious Activity link.

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