Man charged for allegedly beating his father, a longtime Slidell public servant

A man who was arrested in May for allegedly beating his father — who served for years as a public official in Slidell — will be arraigned Oct. 1 in 22nd Judicial District Court on charges of second degree battery and cruelty to the infirm, according to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Bradford Dearing, 30, was arrested May 5 for allegedly beating Reinhard Dearing so badly that he was hospitalized with severe facial injuries. The elder Dearing, 66, worked in Slidell city government for many years, initially as clerk of council and later as chief of staff under former Mayor Sam Caruso.

Reinhard Dearing acknowledged in a police interview that his son had beaten him but said that he could not remember exactly what happened. The younger Dearing told police that he hit his father only once and in self-defense.

In late May, Bradford Dearing appeared before Judge Reginald Badeaux III, who had convicted him in 2011 of second-offense DWI and sentenced him to two years probation.

Badeaux revoked the probation after a hearing in which four photographs of Reinhard Dearing were submitted into evidence. The judge then ordered Bradford Dearing to serve six months in jail.

Dearing’s first DWI conviction was in 2006.

In January 2004, Dearing was arrested in Baton Rouge and accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his friend, Keegan Charles Monahan, also of Slidell. But in August of that year, an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury declined to indict Dearing.

Dearing told investigators at the time that he and Monahan were alone inside the home of an acquaintance in Baton Rouge when Monahan, “without any apparent warning,” shot himself with a .38-caliber revolver.

Police said they found a revolver, an SKS assault rifle and a bag of marijuana inside the home where Monahan suffered the fatal gunshot wound.

At the time of his arrest, police said Dearing was arrested because his statement did not jibe with evidence collected at the crime scene.