Livingston deputies arrest man accused of abusing elderly relative

Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 45-year-old Canadian man accused of taking advantage of a 71-year-old relative, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Christopher Gregus, 45, of 30020 Corby Circle, Walker, was arrested Oct. 17 and booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on counts of simple battery of the infirmed, cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of the infirmed and theft of medication, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said in a news release.

Gregus remained jailed Friday on a $100,000 bond.

Detectives believe Gregus took advantage of the victim, who is a relative, between Aug. 1 and Oct. 16. Gregus became the victim’s primary caregiver after his wife, who was the victim’s daughter, died.

Gregus physically harmed the woman, threatened her, made several unauthorized withdrawals of more than $1,500 from her bank account and took her prescription medication without her permission, Steele said.

Detectives also discovered Gregus is a Canadian citizen and might have entered the country illegally, Steele said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on Gregus.

Livingston Parish Clerk of Court records show Gregus married his wife in October 2000.

The marriage license lists his birthplace as the Canadian province of Ontario, with no specific city is listed.

Bryan Cox, a spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s New Orleans office, confirmed the organization has put a detainer on Gregus.

Cox said a detainer means ICE will begin handling Gregus once local law enforcement’s case against him is finished.

Cox said details about ICE’s case involving Gregus would not be available until Gregus’ parish case is finished and he has left the country.