BATON ROUGE, La.— A local newspaper on July 28 reported the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has charged at least a dozen men under the state’s sodomy law over the last two years.
The Advocate reported authorities used the statute to entrap men at a local park who agreed to have consensual sex with an undercover officer at a nearby apartment. The newspaper said the July 18 arrest of a 65-year-old man is among at least a dozen such cases since 2011.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux on July 29 apologized.
“Our agency made mistakes,” he said in a statement, according to the Advocate. “We will learn from them and we will take measures to ensure it does not happen again.”
The U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 struck down the country’s remaining anti-sodomy laws in its landmark Lawrence v. Texas decision, but Louisiana is among the states that have yet to formally repeal them.
Gautreaux said he plans to meet with a Baton Rouge LGBT advocacy group to “further the dialogue between law enforcement and the LGBT community.” The Advocate on July 30 reported East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman John Delgado has called for a local ordinance that would ban discrimination against the parish’s gay and lesbian residents.