IBERVILLE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A fired Iberville Parish deputy pleaded not guilty Thursday, Sept. 12 after being charged in connection with the rape of a 1 year old child by investigators. He and a woman were indicted in connection to the crime Monday, Aug. 26.
Shaderick Jones, 33, the fired deputy, was indicted on a count of pornography involving juvenile, principal to first-degree rape, malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice. He was also indicted on a count of conspiracy to commit aggravated crime against nature.
The woman, Iyehesa Todd, 26, was indicted on a count of first-degree rape, aggravated crime against nature and pornography against juveniles.
The charge carries a mandatory life sentence, according to the prosecutor on the case Tony Clayton. He said in an interview with WAFB Monday that this is the most horrid case he’s ever seen
The crime stems from a incident reported in June 2019 when Jones, who at the time was deputy with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office was fired following his arrest.
St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said Jones was accused of filming the rape of the child. Jones worked as a deputy for the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office. Before that, he was a deputy for the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, June 12, his bond was set at $465,000.
During a 2 p.m. press conference at the St. Gabriel Police Department, Ambeau said police had received a video Friday, June 6, of Todd sexually abusing an infant. The video was recorded at 4:38 p.m., Ambeau added.
Todd told police that Jones coerced her to perform the sex act on the child because she had a traffic arrest warrant against her. She said she was afraid to go to jail. Todd told investigators Jones told her to perform the sex act because it was his “fantasy” to see something like that, Ambeau said.
Her bond had been set at $423,000.
“I’ve never seen anything so sickening and disgusting in my own life," said Ambeau, who has been the police chief for 16 years.
Todd was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail, while Jones was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail.
Ambeau said during the June press conference that protective services had taken the child, who was placed in the custody of a family member.
The case is being turned over to the district attorney’s office.