LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA – Former Lafayette Police Department Cpl. Jackie Hagan, now the subject of a civil lawsuit for allegedly sexually battering a woman while he was on duty, turned himself in to police Thursday morning and was booked into prison on one count of sexual battery.
Hagan, 34, of Sunset posted a $20,000 commercial bond, meaning he paid only 12 percent of that amount, and was released from the Lafayette
Parish Correctional Center on Thursday afternoon, according to Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kip Judice.
Hagan pleaded not guilty to the sexual battery charge during his arraignment June 29. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Kristian Earles for a pretrial hearing at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9.
On Tuesday, Hagan’s alleged victim, Pamela Harris, filed a civil lawsuit in the 15th Judicial District Court seeking an unspecified amount of money for an array of damages from the defendants in the case — Hagan, LPD, LPD Chief Jim Craft, Lafayette Consolidated Government and City-Parish President Joey Durel.
In the civil lawsuit, Harris claims she and a friend witnessed a crime in downtown Lafayette and called police to report the incident. Hagan, the first officer to respond to the scene, then allegedly insisted on giving Harris a ride home, despite numerous pleas from her and her friend.
During the ride home, Hagan allegedly began asking Harris sexual questions, which made her uncomfortable, according to the lawsuit. Upon arriving at Harris’s home, Hagan allegedly “opened Pamela’s door but stood in her way so she could not get past him.” Hagan then allegedly began fondling, groping and forcefully kissing Harris, despite her attempts to push him from her.
Harris was ultimately able to push Hagan off her, and she fled into her home, where she called several friends and her husband, Donald Harris, who called police to report Hagan’s alleged sexual battery.
Other police officers then responded to Harris’s home, and the officers took Harris’ clothes as evidence. According to the lawsuit, police testing found Hagan’s DNA on Harris’ bra, prompting police to arrest Hagan and charge him with sexual battery.
Hagan avoided arrest despite being arraigned, having a court date set and being the subject of an active warrant that was issued June 7. Judice said LPSO sent the warrant to St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office on June 12 because LPSO does not typically send officers outside Lafayette Parish to serve warrants.
Lt. Megan Vizena, a spokeswoman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, could not immediately say Wednesday why officers hadn’t yet arrested Hagan.
On Thursday, Vizena said officers went to Hagan’s home on Wednesday, but he was not there. She said the officers spoke with Hagan’s wife, who then contacted him and explained to the officers than Hagan would turn himself in to police Thursday.
“At noon, they were going to send someone to get him, but he had already turned himself in,” Vizena said during a phone interview.
According to the affidavit for Hagan’s arrest, he turned himself into police at LPCC at 11:30 a.m. If convicted of sexual battery, Hagan faces as many as 10 years of imprisonment, according to Louisiana law.