February 24, 2022  |  03:25 pm

A former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office employee was arrested today (February 24) by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit in cooperation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security. 
 
Christopher Cassidy, a former corporal with the STPSO Criminal Patrol Division, was arrested on warrants which were issued through the 22nd Judicial Court this morning. Cassidy’s employment with the Sheriff’s Office was terminated prior to his arrest.
 
Cassidy had been employed with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2006.
He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on 28 counts of L.R.S. 14:81.1 Possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of 13 and 110 counts of L.R.S. 14:89.3 Sexual Abuse Involving Animals.
 
“I hold all of our employees to the highest standard. When a public servant betrays the trust of the community, that individual must face the consequences,” said Sheriff Randy Smith. 
 
The investigation is ongoing. No further details will be released at this time.