High ranking sheriff’s deputy and SWAT commander in Livingstone Parish, Louisiana will spend a century in prison for sex crimes, some of them against minors
Dennis Perkins a former lieutenant in the sheriff’s office, was sentenced to 100 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to a ‘slew of sex crimes’
Perkins, 46, pled guilty to second-degree rape, sexual battery of children under the age of 13 and 18, video voyeurism, mingling of harmful substances, and production of child pornography
The former cop and his teacher wife, Cynthia Perkins, 37, were arrested in 2019 following a tip
The couple were accused of producing child porn and sexual battery of a child, among other things
In a separate trial Cynthia Perkins admitted to putting her husband’s semen into batter for pastry that she fed to her students
In February, Cynthia was sentenced to 41 year in prison for her role in the crime, in a plea deal which saw her avoiding a life sentence
Perkins’ mistress Melanie Curtin, 42, the third person associated with the case, in 2021 was convicted for aggravated rape and video voyeurism of an unconscious woman back in 2014
In 2022, Curtin was sentenced to life in prison with no parole
A former high ranking Louisiana sheriff’s deputy and SWAT commander will spend the rest of his life in prison as he was sentenced to 100 years after pleading guilty to a ‘slew of sex crimes’ in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, on Tuesday.
One of the 150 horrific charges against former Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant, Dennis Perkins, 46, states that he ejaculated sperm into batter that his teacher wife used in baking cupcakes she served her students at Westside Junior High School.
Perkins on Tuesday admitted to his crimes and pled guilty in court. He not only waived any right to appeal, probation, or parole and any attempt to avoid conviction, he also spared victims the anguish of reliving his horrific crimes at trial.
As part of the plea agreement, Perkins pled guilty to second-degree rape, sexual battery of a child under the age of 18, sexual battery of a child under the age of 13, video voyeurism, mingling of harmful substances, and production of child pornography.
All of the remaining charges against him were dismissed, as part of the plea agreement.
Perkins was set to go on trial on January 9 but accepted the plea deal during a hearing held at the Livingston Parish courthouse Tuesday, January 3.
His wife, Cynthia Perkins, 37, was sentenced to 41 years in prison in February for pleading guilty to her role in her husband’s crimes, including producing child pornography.
As part of her sentencing, Cynthia agreed to testify against her husband. She was looking at life in prison.
Perkins, who was first arrested in 2019, told reporters as he left court on Tuesday, ‘I just want to make this statement. Jesus Christ has forgiven me. And I’m grateful for that. And, I hope and pray that anybody that this affected will also find forgiveness and healing through Jesus Christ.’
At Tuesday’s hearing, Perkins cried more than once, reports WAFB.
While also at the hearing, one of his victims gave a statement saying, ‘You’re absolutely not worth my time. Instead of protecting, you chose abuse. Have a nice life in prison.’
The victim also stated her hope that the former deputy spends the rest of his days living in fear.
Perkins entered the plea to one count of second-degree rape, two counts of sexual battery of a child, one count of video voyeurism, two counts of production of child porn involving children under age 13 and one count of mingling of harmful substances.
The plea agreement was informed by the need to spare young victims the ordeal of having to testify. Prosecutors met with victims individually seeking approval for the plea deal.
In October 2019, the former SWAT commander and his wife were arrested when authorities found a photo of the pair naked with a minor after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The couple had been photoshoping their pervert’s cache with Adobe. The software maker turned them in to authorities in Louisiana.
Lt. Dennis Perkins was fired from his job at the Livingstone Parish sheriff’s office, after the arrest.
Cynthia Perkins resigned immediately from her teaching role at Westside Junior High School, in the Livingstone Parish school district.
She had taught English language arts at Westside Junior High School since 2016.
Prior to that, she worked at North Live Oak Elementary and Live Oak Middle School for four years.
She filed for divorce shortly after her arrest, alleging that Dennis had manipulated her into committing the crimes.
Following the baking incident, it was alleged that the father of a student who ate the contaminated cupcakes has fallen into a debilitating depression over the incident and has not been able to find gainful employment.
Another lawsuit claimed that a student and a parent have been afflicted by mental health and behavioral problems, and have not been able to sleep since the cupcakes incident.
In a suit filed last May, a student’s parents alleged that Cynthia showed the girl inappropriate images, and that she also photographed and videotaped the minor.
All four lawsuits, which were filed separately, also accused the Livingston Parish School Board of negligence.
In 2014, Perkins was investigated when rape allegations were made against him by a Baton Rouge police officer. Those allegations did not result in charges.
At the time of Cynthia’s sentencing, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said, ‘Today, Cynthia Perkins admitted to her crimes and pled guilty in court. he not only waived any right to appeal, and attempt to avoid conviction, but she also spared the victims from reliving her horrific crimes during this particular trial.’
Per the plea deal, Cynthia had to agree to certain facts in the case such as assisting her husband in the sexual assault of a juvenile, helping him film a juvenile while bathing, and feeding her students pastries laced with her husband’s bodily fluids.
Cynthia voiced a lengthy apology to the victims, her friends and family before the sentencing.
‘I would also like to apologize to my three children. I haven’t spoken to them in three years. I love them and I miss them, and I’m sorry,’ Perkins said.
But one of her children, born during her first marriage, described her in a letter to the court as a ‘horrible’ and ‘manipulative’ mother.
‘My life is so much better without you,’ the letter read.
In May, another woman who had been implicated in the case, Melanie Curtin, was sentenced to life in prison after it emerged that Dennis and Cynthia Perkins were in possession of a video showing Curtin raping a minor in their home.
During Curtin’s trial, the victim said: ‘When I saw parts of the video, I wanted to literally die.’
The victim told the court that she had been drinking alcohol with Perkins and Curtin when the attack took place. Curtin and Perkins had previously been in a relationship together.