NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana sheriff was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for a federal bribery conviction, to be served alongside his four life sentences for previous boy rape convictions.
U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo also ordered Rodney J. “Jack” Strain to pay a $10,000 fine, federal prosecutors said in a press release Wednesday.
Strain pleaded guilty to one of 16 federal charges against him on Dec. 1, 2021, and prosecutors dropped the others.
The plea came weeks after a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Strain of eight counts, including four counts of aggravated rape against children under 13 – a punishable felony in automatic perpetuity.
Strain, who served five terms before losing the 2015 election, admitted to using his sheriff’s authority to direct the proceeds of a $1 million remote work contract to himself, his family and two of his main assistants.
His affidavit in federal court said he hid the deputies’ involvement in the scheme.
A man who pleaded guilty in the federal case told the state court jury that Strain molested him as a child, gave him a job when he was deeply in debt and then did it pressure to join the work release programme.
Strain was convicted in February on the state charges. Judge Bruce A. Simpson added 30 years for crimes against two of Strain’s relatives and ordered him to pay a $30,000 fine and nearly $28,000 in prosecution costs, news organizations reported.