Ascension Parish Sheriff candidate C. J. Matthews attacks former boss (incumbent Sheriff Bobby Webre) in alleging Malfeasance in Office, cover-up of sexting and receiving pornographic images by former Deputy Fred Corder.

C. J. Matthews, candidate for Ascension Parish Sheriff in the election on October 14, 2023.

As evidenced by his campaign website, C. J. Matthews is a candidate for Ascension Parish Sheriff.

On January 20, 2019, Matthews alleged misconduct on the part of high-ranking Ascension Parish Sheriff officials entailing a cover-up by those officials regarding a former Sheriff’s Deputy, Fred Corder, who also served as a school resource officer at Donaldsonville High School.

Matthews was very unhappy about those officials’ handling of Corder’s alleged extensive texting, to include sexually-explicit photographs of a 16-year-old Donaldsonville High School female student, which transpired from late February of 2018 through early March of 2018.

Today’s feature is installment one of a multi-part series we’ll be publishing during which Matthews voices his concerns and provides extensive documentation to back up his concerns.  Here’s our first interview of this series:

July 26, 2023:  Ascension Parish Sheriff candidate C. J. Matthews begins to outline what all took place in 2018 entailing alleged inappropriate sexually-explicit texting (to include explicit sexual images of a 16-year-old Donaldsonville High female) and the subsequent cover-up Matthews alleges current Sheriff Bobby Webre, former Sheriff Jeff Wiley, and others engaged in to protect Corder from criminal prosecution.

As we indicate in the video, we are going to provide a table which gradually expands to include all of Matthews’ documentation (of which he supplied a plethora which we reviewed before determining to proceed with this series).  Here is that table with the first two documents referenced on the video above:

Date (timeframe) of DocumentNature of Document
On or about February 19, 2018 through on or about March 2, 2018.Texts between Corder and the 16-year-old female to include up to the point of the "botched" sting operation by two deputies.
On or about June 4, 2018 to October 31, 2018.Corder relieved of duties, along with limited subsequent documentation to include Louisiana Attorney General letter of October 31, 2018.
Sometime prior to June 27, 2018Ascension Parish Sheriff Lt. Kelly Brown's interview with juvenile victim.
July 6, 2018Digital phone analysis of Corder's cell phone.
May 31, 2018Ascension Parish Lt. Kelly Brown's closeout of Corder investigation.
June 14, 2018Ascension Parish Captain C. J. Matthews' complaint filed with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office
Mid-November of 2018This barrage of documents between Matthews, District Attorney Ricky Babin, and Sheriff Wiley to include a letter from attorney Jill Craft, whom Wiley retained for the Matthews matter, to Matthews.
January 15, 2019 and January 16, 2019Webre's letter (with no letterhead) to Matthews informing Matthews that he (Matthews) was resigning (1/15/19) and letter of full cooperation to AG's Office the next day (1/16/19).
February 12, 2019AG Investigative Memo
November 4, 2019AG Closeout Memo
October 12, 2022LSP Capt. Belinda Murphy's 10/12/22 letter to Matthews stating LSP will conduct no investigation on the Corder matter

We’ve just barely scratched the surface, and we feel strongly that nobody will want to miss installment two of this fascinating series!

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