TONY SHORTS, EBRSO DEPUTY
The Denham Springs Police Dept. arrested Tony Shorts on Feb. 12, 2022.
Shorts, who is a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office was arrested in reference to an on going prostitution/human trafficking investigation.
Denham Police said details are limited at this time since this remains an ongoing investigation.
Shorts is charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. Sources say the juvenile was 15-yrs-old.
According to Shorts’ arrest warrant, he admitted to “sexting” with someone he believed to be 20 years old when she was really only 15-yrs-old. Shorts admitted that he did want to have sex with the female and “sent nude images of himself to her, and paid her to have sexual images of her sent to him.”
Denham Springs Police say the 15-yr-old was reportedly being trafficked for sexual purposes. Her phone data showed text messages with a number that came back to Shorts and CashApp transactions to the young girl that also came back to the same phone number.
The juvenile did tell police Shorts allegedly texted her photos of his private area over Snapchat while she was staying at a hotel within Denham Springs city limits.
Although Shorts was arrested in an ongoing prostitution and human trafficking investigation, he is not charged with either, at least for now, because it’s believed he may not have been involved in the prostitution and human trafficking.
Shorts was employed at the jail with EBRSO and recently moved to computer forensics.
Shorts was fired from the EBRSO after his arrest.