Louisiana state trooper demoted for partying with LSU students he was assigned to protect | Crime/Police

A Louisiana State Police trooper’s behavior around a group of LSU students earned the trooper a demotion after an internal investigation found he drank alcohol and committed various other policy violations while on a trip to Mississippi with the school band.

The investigation found Private Thomas Noto flouted state police rules, including the use of intoxicants, conduct unbecoming an officer and neglect of duty, the spokesman said Thursday. of the LSP, Nick Manale.

Noto was a sergeant in the agency’s patrol division, but was demoted to private this week – a development first reported by WBRZ-TV.

State police announced the internal investigation into Noto’s behavior in a press release in October, but withheld details of the alleged misconduct. The statement said the investigation was spurred by a complaint about the soldier’s behavior while working with LSU.

Later, LSU officials said the incident was reported to their Title IX office.

Sherman Mack, attorney for an LSU student who complained about Noto, said Thursday that his client experienced “inappropriate behavior” from the soldier who “crossed the line.” He declined to share any additional details about what the conduct entailed, saying the woman preferred not to say more.

The woman is “satisfied” with the discipline imposed by LSP, Mack said.

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“She wants to move on with her life, put this behind her and focus on her school work,” he added.

Noto could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

WBRZ reported last fall that the incident occurred while the LSU group was traveling to Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi on the weekend of September 25 for an away game. The State Police send a security detail to accompany the LSU football team and entourage when traveling to away games.

A source with knowledge of the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, later told The Advocate that the soldier had been charged with misconduct possibly involving alcohol.

“Upon learning of the allegations, our agency took immediate steps to begin the investigation process and ensure that the complainant and our employee were informed of the action taken,” the LSP superintendent said at the time. , Colonel Lamar Davis.

Mack said investigators from the Meridian, Mississippi, police department contacted him several months ago about a criminal investigation into Noto’s conduct on the trip. Meridian is about 90 miles south of the Mississippi State campus in Starkville, between the university and Baton Rouge.

Calls to the Meridian Police Department were not immediately returned Thursday.

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