Only one day after leaked court papers made headlines, Friday morning, District Attorney spokesperson, Pat Culverhouse, sent out a short message to members of the media announcing his resignation.
The message did not offer a reason for the sudden departure but Culverhouse's resignation comes only one day after leaked court papers, an arrest warrant affidavit detailed why three Shreveport Firefighters were arrested. The papers allege Derrick Harris from the station 8 A-shift bough a prostitute for a mentally challenged man, ordered him to have sex with the prostitute and watched the exchange. The papers also report that man and another were subjected to humiliating pranks and hazing at the station over a period of weeks and even months.
The source of that leak has been questioned which makes this resignation so suspect. However, when we sat down with Caddo Parish District Attorney, Charles Scott, he would not give a reason behind the resignation or confirm any ties to the leak. Scott only acknowledged it was not planned.
"I try to prepare for every day, but there's so many possibilities and contingence's that come up. It's impossible to prepare for everything except just to prepare to be surprised sometimes" says Charles Scott.
Scott said that Culverhouse's employment with the DA's Office predates his own and says Culverhouse has been a good friend and will be missed at the department.
However, Culverhouse's resignation shouldn't distract from the real story; the arrests of three Shreveport Firefighters and the allegations that Fire Chief Craig Mulford tried to avoid a criminal investigation into the reported misconduct.
KTBS 3 News requested interviews with Mayor Cedric Glover, Fire Chief Craig Mulford and Police Chief Willie Shaw. Shreveport Police declined the request. We are waiting to hear back from Glover and Mulford.
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