EBRP Sheriff Gautreaux arrests Deputy Pizzalato within mere hours of sending sexually-suggestive text messages to 15-year-old juvenile whereas Ascension Sheriffs Wiley / Webre go to great lengths to let Deputy Corder off scot free and engage in subsequent cover-up.

Former Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, who is a candidate for House District 81 of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Every time we think we may not have more to report on Ascension Parish Sheriff Candidate C. J. Matthews’ quest to become the parish’s next Sheriff in the October 14, 2023 election, something else pops up!

This time it is the fact that EBRP Sheriff Sid Gautreaux arrested Deputy Joseph Pizzalato within mere hours late yesterday (September 15, 2023) of him sending sexually-suggestive messages from his cell phone to that of a 15-year-old female.

The next day, Saturday, September 16, 2023, Matthews was quick to demonstrate the sharp contrast between the actions of Gautreaux and those of former Sheriff Jeff Wiley, who is running for State Representative for House District 81 and incumbent Sheriff Bobby Webre, whom Matthews is challenging.  Let’s take a look at Matthews outlining the sharp contrast:

September 16, 2023:  Matthews contrasts the lightening-fast arrest by Gautreaux vs. the extents former Sheriff Jeff Wiley and current Sheriff Bobby Webre have gone to in order to cover up even worse actions by former Deputy Fred Corder.

As referenced in the video, here’s the link for another article on Gautreaux’s swift action on two other deputies.  Also, here’s the link for the feature entailing the Louisiana State GOP endorsing John Raymond for House District 104 even though he faces criminal child abuse charges.  From that feature:

A Republican candidate for Louisiana Attorney General and two St. Tammany Parish Republicans are blasting the state GOP for its endorsement of John Raymond, who faces criminal juvenile cruelty charges, in his bid to win the open 104th District seat in the House of Representatives.

John Stefanski, a Republican running for Attorney General, said the party should rescind its endorsement of Raymond, who has been charged with four felony counts of cruelty to children after complaints about how he disciplined children at a Christian school he founded in Slidell. Raymond has said he is innocent. The case is still pending in state court in St. Tammany Parish.

“Under no circumstance should anyone charged with criminal cruelty to children be in a position of leadership or authority, much less be supported and endorsed by a political party,” said Stefanski.

“I’ve been a Republican my entire adult life and this is not who we are or what we stand for. We defend the defenseless. We protect children. The Louisiana Republican Party has made a mistake and should rescind the endorsement.”

Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Louis Gurvich on Thursday confirmed the endorsement, but declined to comment further. Raymond sits on the St. Tammany Parish Republican Executive Committee and the State Central Committee’s credentials committee.

Stefanski is one of five candidates for state Attorney General, three of whom are Republicans.

Rep. Mark Wright, a Republican from Covington, joined Stefanski in criticizing the endorsement.

“It’s crazy,” he said, of the state Republican Executive Committee, which gives the state party’s imprimatur to candidates. “It just shows just how out of touch they are.”

Once again, here’s the table of documentation which we’ve provided entailing the Corder matter 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

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.

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

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  1. It appears many sheriffs have people they will protect from criminal charges. I believe Sheriff Jeff Travis in East Feliciana did just that when he wouldn’t charge someone who is known to be politically connected with theft and damage to property. The stolen item was recovered on the property of the person who took it. But while the victim insisted on an arrest or summons, no action was taken by the sheriff.

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