Embattled deputy plans to retire at the end of the month

Jefferson County's human resources director tells 12News a 57-year-old Jefferson County deputy has filed for retirement, effective at the end of the month. 

His retirement comes just two weeks after Sheriff Mitch Woods recommended Sergeant Broussard be fired for an incident caught on video.

The video is from a fountain pen camera that process server Steve Hartman had on him, when he was arrested by Broussard and Deputy Tony Barker.

Hartman was trying to serve Judge Layne Walker with a lawsuit and was accused of disrupting court proceedings.

Broussard took the pen camera home with him and downloaded the video before submitting it into evidence.

That's against department policy, plus an investigation revealed he lied in sworn statements about the incident.

Broussard is also under investigation on suspicion he tried to get a DWI charge against Port Arthur attorney Allen Parker dismissed.

As a result, a complaint against Broussard was filed with the Sheriff's Office.

Parker's DWI charge was eventually dropped, but unrelated to Broussard's alleged actions.

Jefferson County sheriff's office spokesman, Rod Carroll, says both investigations involving Broussard will be dropped once he retires, but they will remain open until he does.  That's because Carroll says Broussard could withdraw his retirement papers and appeal to a civilian review board.

Broussard's been with the sheriff's office for 21 years.

As for Deputy Tony Barker, he went in front of a disciplinary review board Tuesday.

The 63-year-old is accused of lying in his sworn statement about Hartman's arrest.

He claimed he was not in the courtroom when the incident with Hartman started, but he says he went into the courtroom when he heard yelling.

The video however shows Barker in there the entire time, and no yelling is heard.

Wednesday, we spoke to Barker, who's been with the sheriff's office for five years, and he told us he's still in uniform and still working.

He says he's not been told anything about what his fate might be.

The discipline review board will make a recommendation to the sheriff, and the sheriff will have the final determination.

Questions have also arisen about a search warrant request submitted by sheriff's office investigator, Sergeant Chad Kolander, to Judge Bob Wortham.

It was to allow authorities to download the contents of the pen camera.

However, Sergeant Kolander's request was made after Sheriff's officials already knew Sergeant Broussard had downloaded and viewed the pen video.

In his investigative summary, Kollander wrote:

"On 6-03-13, I spoke with Sgt. Broussard at my office. Sergeant Broussard told me when he originally discovered the pen may have been a recording device he took it home to see if he could find that it recorded the incident that occurred in Judge Walker's court.  Sgt. Broussard told me he was able to view a video file that had been recorded and once he saw it contained the recording from Judge Walker's court he turned it off and placed it into evidence."

That fact was not stated in the search warrant request to Judge Wortham.


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