Former DeSoto Deputy Lands Behind Bars for Failure to Appear

Former DeSoto Deputy Lands Behind Bars for Failure to Appear

On June 4, 2019, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office received information of possible improper actions of an employee, who was immediately placed on administrative leave and subsequently terminated for policy violations.

A joint investigation between the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office and Louisiana State Police found that former Deputy Joseph P. Procell had arrested a female subject for an out of state warrant. During the transport of the individual to the correctional facility, it is believed Procell coerced the in-custody individual to perform a sexual act in exchange for leniency.

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