ABBEVILLE — A former Delcambre police officer faces up to 40 years in prison after his conviction on charges of sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping for inappropriately touching a woman he had detained in 2008.
A jury on Friday convicted Ernest Billiot, 53, on the charges after a four-day trial in Vermilion Parish, the Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday.
Billiot is being held without bail pending sentencing in the case, which has not been set.
The former officer faces at least 10 and up to 40 years in jail on the second-degree kidnapping charge and up to 10 years on the sexual battery charge.
Prosecutors alleged that Billiot pulled the Erath woman over in 2008 on the pretense of a traffic violation and told her he was going to bring her to the police station for a breath alcohol test, even though the Police Department had no machine for such a test.
Billiot also did not call in the traffic stop to the police dispatcher, according to prosecutors.
“Once alone at the police station, the officer told the victim he would need to strip search her and proceeded to commit a sexual battery upon her, telling her she was pretty and asking if she had a boyfriend,” according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.
Prosecutors alleged that the officer kissed the woman after bringing her back to her vehicle and asked for her phone number.
The woman gave the officer the wrong number, and he wrote the number down on his hand, prosecutors said.
“The victim immediately called 911 when she returned home to report the incident,” the news release says.
Delcambre Police Chief James Broussard did not return a call for comment Tuesday on the outcome of the case.
A grand jury indicted Billiot in November 2008 following a State Police investigation into the incident.
Billiot was still on the force at the time but was terminated soon after the indictment.