Louisiana SWAT Team Leader and Junior High School Teacher Wife Arrested for Child Porn and First Degree Rape

A veteran law enforcement officer with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and his wife, a junior high school teacher, have been arrested and accused of child rape and the production of child pornography.

Dennis Perkins was a lieutenant in the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, leading its SWAT team before being terminated the week of October 21, reports WAFB.

Perkins was charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13, two counts of first degree rape, three counts of possession of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13, two counts of video voyeurism and two counts of obscenity, said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

According to a source close to the case, Perkins was also charged with obstruction of justice after allegedly tossing his cell phone into a river after investigators arrived to take him into custody.

He was booked into Livingston Parish with a bond of $1,675,000.

Cynthia Perkins was charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13 and two counts of first degree rape. She is being held on a $500,000 bond.

According to the attorney general's office, the investigation began with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the possible possession and distribution of child pornography. The number of alleged victims wasn't immediately known, nor was it clear whether Livingston Parish children were among them.

Among the disturbing evidence seized in the case were photos that show the two suspects nude with an unclothed child.

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Dennis Perkins was a lieutenant with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit (SWAT). He was hired in 2002 from the Walker Police Department. Moxe/Getty

"It is a sad day for us, for all law enforcement officers, when you arrest one of your own," said Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard on Wednesday.

"We at the LPSO work hard every day to retain the trust placed in us by our citizens. I understand this was a veteran law enforcement officer, one who had dedicated a lot of time and effort into this community, but as I have said in the past, no one is above the law," he said.

"This type of alleged behavior will not be tolerated by me or anyone at the LPSO. I do not condone these alleged acts. I am disappointed. I have always considered Denny a friend and a family member. The Attorney General's Office is leading this investigation. We are assisting and offering to cooperate in any way we can."

"Protecting Louisiana children is one of my top priorities," Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a prepared statement. "So my office and I will continue to do all we can to find and arrest child predators."

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