A Lincoln Parish Grand Jury has indicted William Sumlin on charges of Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has learned. On December 7th, the panel charged that on or about 9/18/15 he:
committed the offense of INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE as defined by R.S.14:81 in that he: did commit any of the following acts with the intention of arousing or gratifying the sexual desires of either person:
(1) Any lewd or lascivious act upon the person or in the presence of D.F., a child under the age of seventeen, where there is an age difference of greater than two years between the two persons or
(2) The transmission, delivery or utterance of any textual, visual, written, or oral communication depicting lewd or lascivious conduct, text, words, or images to any person reasonably believed to be under the age of seventeen and reasonably believed to be at least two years younger than the offender.
See here the document.
Sumlin had been arrested on 10/6/15 by Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) deputies.
A long-time fixture in local area politics, Sumlin was District 12 Representative to the Louisiana House from 1983 to 1988. He has frequently campaigned on behalf of, or assisted local candidates for office, including some who are currently serving.
He was in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) court this afternoon, along with his attorney LaValle Salomon of Monroe for a status conference. Assistant District Attorney Lewis Jones moved to dismiss a preliminary examination hearing, as the indictment by a grand jury negates that need.
The next court date for Sumlin is a 2/16/16 scheduling conference, set for 1:30 PM. Presiding this afternoon was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.
Sumlin had previously pleaded not guilty on 11/10/15.