Ascension Parish Sheriff challenger Matthews responds to incumbent Webre’s statements on WAFB news feature profiling the race.

Screen shot of lead story on WAFB news’ 6 p.m. newscast on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 wherein reporter Chris Rosato profiled the race for Ascension Parish Sheriff for which the election is Saturday, October 14, 2023.

In segment seven of our fascinating series on Ascension Parish Sheriff Candidate C. J. Matthews’ quest for election in the October 14, 2023 election, Matthews responds to statements made by incumbent Sheriff Bobby Webre in this WAFB news feature which aired on the 6 p.m. broadcast on Wednesday, September 6, 2023:

September 12, 2023 responses by challenger C. J. Matthews to incumbent Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre’s statements made during this WAFB news feature profiling the race.

Once again, here’s the table of documentation which we’ve provided for this series:

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

Also, we again reiterate that, as is stated near the end of the above video, Sound Off Louisiana has issued a standing invitation for Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre to appear on our camera and respond to any of the features entailing this Matthews series.  We’ll see if he takes us up on our offer, but everyone (most especially Webre himself) should be forewarned that we’ll certainly challenge Webre if he provides nothing more than the glib responses about the Fred Corder matter that he provided in Rosato’s feature on WAFB news.

Previous Segments in the Matthews Sound Off Louisiana features:

Segment One:  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.

Segment Two:  Ascension Parish Sheriff candidate C. J. Matthews openly asks, “What if this was your daughter?” entailing former Deputy Corder’s texts and whether parents would be content for it to be, “just swept under the rug.”

Segment Three:  Ascension Parish Sheriff candidate C. J. Matthews says former Sheriff Jeff Wiley “extorted” him to “shut my mouth” about salacious texts between Deputy Corder and a 16-year-old Donaldsonville High School female student.

Segment Four:  Ascension Parish Sheriff Webre tells Capt. Matthews he’s resigning, then rehires him after attorneys make clear litigation is forthcoming, then tells him 90 days later that Matthews can retire, “only if I’ll allow it.”

Segment Five:  Matthews exposes that, even after alleged juvenile victim was asked via text to “perform oral sex” and provide pictures of her “buttocks and vagina,” in exchange for a “penis” picture, Attorney General’s Office declined to arrest alleged perpetrator Deputy Fred Corder.

Segment Six:  Ascension Parish Sheriff candidate Matthews does mea culpa on Webre’s high school diploma; says LSP Capt. Belinda Murphy “blew a gasket” when learning of his possession of the Corder AG investigation files.

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