Strain sex charges spill over into St. Tammany politics

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Tim Lentz, former Chief Deputy of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and a candidate for St. Tammany Sheriff this fall, responded Tuesday evening to the charges against former sheriff Jack Strain, and the comments about it made by current sheriff Randy Smith.

"The law enforcement community has been shocked by emerging allegations of criminal conduct by former Sheriff Jack Strain - including, especially, the sex crimes against children for which he was arrested this morning," said Lentz, who joined the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office in 1983 and served under Strain from 1996 to 2013.

"The current sheriff issued a statement today in which he said the allegations of criminal sexual conduct led him to investigate which of Strain's former associates may have had knowledge of such actions," Lentz continued. " He said there's no more place for 'good ole boys' who will cover-up misconduct.  The thinly veiled implication that I or anyone who worked under Strain had knowledge of such criminal behavior is patently offensive and absurd."

Lentz said he had no knowledge of the actions Strain is accused of, and said if he had, he would "have taken appropriate action to see crimes stopped and wrongdoers prosecuted."