Bienville Parish Sheriff deputy finds himself behind bars

Bienville Parish Sheriff jailer deputy, Randal Perritt, 58, of Arcadia, has landed himself on the other side of the jail cell.

Following an incident that occured on June 15, Perritt has been arrested for malfeasance of office and 6 counts of simple battery.

According to Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance, there was an inmate in a cell alone awaiting transfer to another facility when it occured. 

“He (inmate) was tampering with the survelliance camera and Deputy Perritt asked him to stop doing it, when he didn’t comply Perritt entered the cell and shoved the inmate against the wall four times and slapped him with an open hand twice,” said Ballance. 

Another deputy arrived to the scene following the alleged dispute between Perritt and the inmate. When Perritt was questioned by the Assistant Warden, he denied the accusations made against him.

Upon reviewing the survelliance cameras, Perritt could be seen shoving and slapping the inmate.

Perritt was off of work on Friday, June 16, but when he arrived back to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office that following Monday he was immediately put on leave.

Ballance said, “We obtained the warrants for his arrest the next day, on Tuesday, June 21, and he was arrested the same day.”

According to Ballance, deputies are trained not to enter a cell without another deputy to assist if needed. 

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