Two West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies are on leave after ongoing criminal investigations.

Two West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies on leave following criminal investigations

PORT ALLEN —- Two West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending criminal investigations into allegations of stalking.

Donald Dawsey, 51, was issued a misdemeanor summons on April 17, 2024 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. He’s accused of stalking his ex-wife’s home and business in two separate parishes.

Records obtained by UWK show there is also another ongoing investigation into Dawsey and a fellow WBRSO deputy by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office with allegations of stalking as well.

WBRSO released the following statement to UWK in response to the West Baton Rouge deputies on administrative leave:

“WBRSO confirms that two employees are on administrative leave following the notification of a criminal investigation by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. One employee has been charged by EBRSO for stalking. As this is an ongoing criminal investigation by these agencies and an administrative investigation by our agency, WBRSO has no further comment.” -Sgt. Landon Groger, WBRSO Public Information Officer

Public records show the WBRSO deputy who was issued a summons is Donald Dawsey. Since LPSO’s investigation is ongoing and names of the involved have not been released and no arrests have been made in LPSO’s case at this time, UWK is making the editorial decision not to release the second deputy’s name until it becomes public.

Records obtained by UWK reveal Dawsey allegedly placed a camera at his ex-wife’s business in East Baton Rouge Parish and at her home in Livingston Parish. On April 10, 2024, the victim walked across the street from her work of place to a wooded area to find a small camera on a wooden stick facing her business, according to records. When the victim went home, she allegedly found another camera on her shed facing her home, records reveal.

It’s unclear why the cameras were allegedly set up but records show the timestamps date back to March 2024 to as recent as April 9, 2024.

EBRSO issued Dawsey a misdemeanor summons on April 17, 2024. Dawsey and another WBRSO were placed on paid admin leave the same day.

UWK did check in with LPSO regarding their investigation, but no details have been released at this time.

UWK did reach out to Dawsey for a response to the article, but at the time of publication, he has not responded.

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