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Richland Parish deputy arrested for sexual battery, malfeasance

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RAYVILLE, Louisiana — A Richland Parish sheriff's deputy accused of sexual battery and malfeasance in office has been arrested.

The sheriff's office said Thursday it had received information that 39-year-old Dewey Allen, of Rayville, was having unwanted sexual contact with a woman. During questioning by Louisiana State Police investigators, Sheriff Lee Harrell says Allen confessed to committing the alleged battery while in his patrol unit and to making numerous sexual advances to a woman.

Allen was booked into the Richland Parish Jail with bond set at $40,000. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.

Harrell said Allen was fired following his arrest. Details about how long he'd worked for the office were not immediately released.

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