NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY) — Three people, including a former Delcambre Police officer and a current Iberia Parish jailer, have been arrested for their various involvements in the alleged rape of a five-year-old child, according to Kaplan Police Chief Joshua Hardy.
Former Delcambre Police officer Christopher Moorehart, 29, of Erath, faces five counts of first-degree rape of a juvenile, four counts of felony cruelty to a juvenile, one count of malfeasance in office, two charges of intimidation and one count of child pornography. He was arrested and booked into the Vermilion Parish Jail on Aug. 12 and his bond was set at $350,000.
Iberia Parish Jail Control Officer Shelly Lynn Friou, 29, of New Iberia, faces charges of abuse of children, obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact to first-degree rape, accessory after the fact to felony sexual cruelty to a juvenile, and malfeasance in office. She was booked into the Vermilion Parish Jail on Aug. 24 with a bond set at $25,000 and has since bonded out.
The mother of the abused child, Kimberly Healy, 23, of Kaplan, faces five counts of principal to first-degree rape of a juvenile, four counts of principal to felony child cruelty, and one count of child pornography. She was arrested and booked into the Vermilion Parish Jail on Aug. 13, and her bond was set at $250,000.
Hardy said detectives learned Moorehart allegedly raped Healy’s five-year-old child on multiple occasions while the two were dating. Healy, despite knowing the alleged acts were taking place, never reported the crimes, said Hardy. After Moorehart and Healy broke up, Moorehart began a relationship with Friou.
“Once [Friou] learned about the situation, she told [Moorehart] that she would keep his secret,” Hardy told News 10. “Once the two broke up months later, which was later last week, [Friou] contacted detectives.”
Hardy said Moorehart was arrested while on duty after he allegedly threatened another person who said they would report him for his alleged crimes. Delcambre Police Asst. Chief Brady Segura confirmed to News 10 that Moorehart was fired from the department on Aug. 15 after four months on the job.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Thomas Romero confirmed that Friou has been placed on administrative leave without pay after her arrest. Friou has worked in the Iberia Parish Jail since July 19, according to Romero.
No further arrests are expected, said Hardy.