COVINGTON, La. (WGNO) — Former Louisiana sheriff Jack Strain has been found guilty of 8 sexual abuse charges that include aggravated rape, incest, and molestation on children.
Strain faces a mandatory life sentence, New Orleans-area news outlets reported. The allegations included crimes that took place before and during his time as St. Tammany Parish Sheriff, a job he held for five terms before losing reelection in 2015.
Strain, 58, has pleaded not guilty to charges in a 16-count federal indictment accusing him of using his authority as sheriff to try to steer profits from a $1 million work-release contract to himself, his family and friends.
Strain could face up to life in prison without parole. His sentencing date is scheduled for January 18, 2022.