Jury finds Jack Strain guilty on all counts
Jack Strain, who spent two decades in St. Tammany Parish's top law enforcement seat, will now spend his life behind bars.
Strain, 58, was on trial for two weeks amid accusations of sexually abusing multiple juveniles before and during his time as sheriff.
On Monday, he was found guilty on all eight charges he faced.
Graphic testimony was heard for nearly two weeks. Strain's lawyers say he is innocent and added the allegations are false and do not add up.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery's assistant district attorneys painted Strain as a lifelong predator throughout the trial.
Below you will find a timeline of the entire trial.
The jury found Jack Strain guilty of all eight counts he faced.
Those counts are four counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated incest and one count each of indecent behavior with a juvenile and sexual battery.
One count of rape holds a life sentence in Louisiana, meaning Strain will likely spend the rest of his life in prison once sentenced. Sentencing will be held on another day.
St. Tammany District Attorney Warren Montgomery held a news conference after the verdict was reached.
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Strain was booked into the St. Tammany Jail Monday night.
St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith issued the following statement on Strain's conviction:
“I am very pleased to see our court system work as it is designed to and justice to be achieved for the victims. The verdict delivered last night proved that no one is above the law,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I have worked hard, along with my administration, over the past five years to rebuild the public’s trust.
"From day one as Sheriff, I have worked with Federal and State partners, who were already investigating criminal acts of the prior Sheriff. That is why I committed myself and my administration to change so many things with your St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office – from uniforms and vehicles to the ethical and moral values represented throughout the agency.
"I am glad to see justice served for the victims and their families, but I would be remised if I did not express sympathy for the community, and the men and women who have served this great agency for many years. All of you are victims too of the former Sheriff’s wrongful and criminal acts. As Sheriff, I will continue to commit myself and my administration to work together so that we, as a community, can move past this.”
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