Teacher arrested for child rape
Photos of two suspects, a married couple, posing nude with a child were among the items authorities allegedly seized when a longtime sheriff's deputy and a junior high school teacher were arrested.
They were held this week in Louisiana, US, on child rape and pornography charges, according to a report.
Taken into custody on Wednesday were Dennis Perkins, 44, and his wife, Cynthia Perkins, 34, FOX 8 of New Orleans reported.
The husband was immediately terminated from his job as a lieutenant with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, while the wife resigned from her teaching job at a junior high school in Walker, Louisiana, the report said.
"It's a sad day for us, for all law enforcement officers, when you arrest one of your own," Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said in a statement.
" … but as I have said in the past, no one is above the law."
Both husband and wife were charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a child under 13, as well as rape charges, authorities said.
Dennis Perkins was additionally charged with obstruction of justice because he allegedly tossed his phone into a river after realising investigators were about to arrest him while he was on a fishing trip, a source told FOX 8.
The investigation into the couple's alleged crimes began with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported.
The number of children who may have been victims of the couple wasn't immediately known, authorities told the newspaper.
Dennis Perkins was transferred to a detention centre in Livingston Parish, with bond set at $1.6 million, and was later transferred to the Ascension Parish Jail. Cynthia Perkins was being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond, according to The Advocate.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a statement about the arrests.
"Protecting Louisiana children is one of my top priorities," Landry said. "So my office and I will continue to do all we can to find and arrest child predators."