VPSO deputy accused of computer-aided solicitation of a minor

Published 12:11 pm Monday, September 26, 2022

A deputy with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for allegedly sending explicit photos and messages to a minor, according to authorities.

Randy Kennedy, 57, was arrested by Louisiana State Police and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on Sept. 21 on charges of computer-aided solicitation of a minor, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and malfeasance in office.

LSP officials said its Special Victims Unit was contacted earlier this month by VPSO to investigate a complaint against one of its deputies involving computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile. Through the course of the investigation, LSP investigators determined that Kennedy was communicating with a juvenile by sharing explicit images and text.

LSP officials said the investigation remains active and ongoing.