Officer arrested for alleged sex with minor waives extradition

Denham Springs Police Officer Reid Copeland has waived extradition at his hearing today after he was arrested in Texas as a fugitive wanted from Louisiana.

Copeland, who is in his 30s, resigned from the Denham Springs Police Dept. last Thursday after allegations surfaced earlier that week that Copeland allegedly had sex with a 16-yr-old minor.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office was asked to handle the criminal investigation into Copeland. After deputies could not locate Copeland, warrants were put out for his arrest.

He was wanted for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and malfeasance in office. Deputies spent days searching for him until they were able to finally arrest him in Irvin, TX on Tuesday night, right outside of Dallas.

When someone is arrested out of state, they must go through an extradition hearing meaning they will not fight being transported back to the home state, in this case, Louisiana. If the subject were to fight extradition, it can take several months to get him/her back to the home state before legal proceedings can begin.

Once Copeland returns to Louisiana, most likely next week, he will go to the Livingston Parish Detention Center where he will be charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and malfeasance in office.

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