Lawyer wants ID on women in Dennis Perkins sex tapes
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – Nestled among the mounds of evidence in the case against former Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Perkins is a video of him having sex with a handcuffed woman during of what appears to be a traffic stop, a lawyer in the case claims.
Now this lawyer, who represents the wife of Dennis Perkins, wants to access this video and others showing the former MP having sex with dozens of different women. Several of the videos “occurred while Dennis Perkins was on duty as the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Officer,” according to court documents filed this week.
Dennis and Cynthia Perkins are jailed on several counts, including rape, producing child pornography and helping to feed desserts containing his semen to school children at a school where Cynthia was a teacher.
James Spokes, Cynthia Perkins’ attorney, wants prosecutors to provide him with copies of all videos so he can identify and attempt to interview each woman. He thinks their stories might help strengthen his planned defense that Cynthia Perkins was the victim of all of this – forced by her husband to participate.
“We are very concerned that they were coerced or coerced into doing these things or performing these acts,” Spokes said after a hearing on the matter on Friday. “What if they end up being on the jury or part of this trial?” “
Spokes says one possibility he’s exploring is whether Dennis Perkins blackmailed any or all of the women into having sex with him.
He says a criminal background check for each woman is attached to each video.
Spokes says it’s possible that Dennis Perkins went to see every woman, showed them the criminal background check he got, and threatened to tell their families, friends or employers about their criminal history unless they do not agree to have sex with him.
“A special file was created by Mr. Perkins with the name of the individual, containing videos and footage of sexual acts committed with Mr. Perkins,” Spokes wrote in a court file. “The files were organized as if they were trophies of women with whom he had engaged in sexual acts.”
Spokes says prosecutors in the Louisiana attorney general’s office have refused to give him actual copies of these particular videos. Instead, they invited him to their offices to see them there while they are present.
Prosecutors Erica McLellan and Barry Milligan argued the videos were unrelated to the crimes at issue and should not be turned over to the defense. “Unrelated people – people who are unrelated to these crimes – should not be drawn into this situation,” Milligan said Friday. Milligan said returning the videos would be a serious invasion of the privacy of the women involved.
Presiding Judge Erika Sledge viewed several of the videos in her office on Friday.
After that, she decided that Spokes should make a list of every video he wanted a copy of. If prosecutors refuse to turn over videos from that list, she says she will watch them and decide whether they should be turned over to the defense.
Sledge also decided on Friday that the couple would be tried separately. Dennis Perkins is scheduled to be tried first on July 12. His wife’s trial will follow at a later date that has yet to be set. Prosecutors, who have called for the couple to stand trial together, plan to appeal Sledge’s decision.
Jarret Ambeau, the attorney representing Dennis Perkins, has another trial set to begin on July 12. For this reason, he asked that the trial of Dennis Perkins be postponed to a later date. Ambeau plans to appeal his decision.
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