DOC Investigation Results in Multiple Arrests and Resignations at Angola

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(Baton Rouge, La.) – Louisiana State Penitentiary investigators continue their aggressive efforts against contraband smuggling and inappropriate behavior. Since Friday, March 8, 2019, a Department of Corrections investigation has prompted the resignation of seven Angola employees. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested four of these employees, with charges against the other three pending. The allegations range from prison employees having inappropriate relationships with offenders to conspiring with prisoners and their families to smuggle contraband into the prison.

On March 11, 2019:

–   45-year-old Denise Prevot of Mansura, Louisiana, admitted to having sex and an inappropriate relationship with an offender. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Deputies booked Prevot with felony malfeasance; sexual misconduct prohibited. Prevot resigned during the investigation. She had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary as a corrections officer since June 5, 2017.

On March 8, 2019:

–   47-year-old Deidra Whittaker of St. Francisville, Louisiana, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an offender. Deputies booked Whittaker with felony malfeasance in office. She resigned immediately. She had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary as a corrections officer since July 2, 2018.

–   35-year-old Alexis McGraw of Clayton, Louisiana, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an offender. Deputies booked McGraw with felony malfeasance in office. She resigned immediately. She had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary as a corrections officer since November 14, 2016.

–   21-year-old Myron Cage of Ferriday, Louisiana, admitted to having conspiring with offenders and offenders’ relatives to smuggle contraband into the prison. Deputies booked Cage with felony malfeasance in office. He resigned immediately. He had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary as a corrections officer since November 5, 2018.

–   48-year-old Toni Williams of St. Francisville, Louisiana, Louisiana, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an offender. The investigation into Williams misconduct continues, with charges pending. She resigned immediately. She had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary as a nurse since July 3, 2017.

–   62-year-old Sarah Veals of Woodville, Mississippi, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an offender. The investigation into Veals’ misconduct continues, with charges pending. She resigned immediately. She had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary as a corrections officer since January 16, 2018.

–    25-year-old Precious Fitzgerald of 17 Soldiers Retreat Road, Natchez, Mississippi, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an offender. The investigation into Fitzgerald’s misconduct continues, with charges pending. She resigned immediately. She had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary as a corrections officer since October 16, 2017.

The six correctional officers held the rank of sergeant.

The offenders involved were in violation of various offender rules, and were all placed in administrative segregation pending the outcome of the investigation.

More arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

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