Assumpion deputy booked in rape case

"Lil" Joe Landry
Michael P. Pintado

NAPOLEONVILLE - An Assumption Parish sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday on a complaint he allegedly raped a woman motorist during a traffic stop, authorities reported.

Detectives with Louisiana State Police and Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office booked Michael P. Pintado, 33, 113 Phillip St., Pierre Part, with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, simple battery, obscenity and malfeasance in office.

"If this deputy is proven guilty or admits his guilt with respect to any or all of these allegations, my only hope is that he be held accountable," Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said in a prepared statement.

"We who wear the badge are not above the law and, as far as I am concerned, should be held to a much higher standard," Waguespack said. "The public must have the trust, confidence and faith in law enforcement."

A 30-hour joint investigation into the case began early Thursday when an unidentified 26-year-old woman reported being attacked, according to a State Police news release.

The victim sought treatment at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, where she told authorities the attack occurred following a traffic stop on La. 1 north of La. 1011 in the Labadieville area, State Police stated.

Waguespack suspended Pintado without pay and then fired the deputy on Friday once the preliminary investigation was complete, according to the news release.

Pintado, who had worked with the parish since August 2006, stopped the victim on suspicion of impaired driving, and he appears to be the only suspect involved, Waguespack said.

Pintado is a resident and native of Pierre Part and a volunteer with the Pierre Part Volunteer Fire Department.

Reports from other sources, indicate that Pintado allegedly kidnapped the driver of the vehicle by placing the woman in back of his patrol unit and driving the woman across various points of the parish.

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here are allegations that depict that the deputy allegedly demanded oral sex from the woman at gunpoint. Supposedly the deputy then drove the woman to a relative's home and released her at that point.  According to some reports the woman allegedly ran into the house and began vomiting.

Pintado was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on Friday afternoon. Bond is set at $250,000.

"This is not a proud day for the Assumption Parish Sheriff's (Office). In fact, this is a very sad day for the law enforcement community in Assumption Parish," Waguespack stated.

"To have one your own accused of such misconduct, such gross disgusting misconduct puts a black eye and an embarrassment on the men and women who proudly serve this department."