Former DA investigator accused of exchanging sex acts with offenders

Published 6:33 pm Friday, December 11, 2015

Michael J. Cotton, 66, a resident of Bogalusa, was arrested Friday, Dec. 11, by the Louisiana State Police on a warrant from the 22nd Judicial District Court.

Washington Parish Chief Deputy Mike Haley said that Cotton was booked into the Washington Parish Jail for possession of Schedule III narcotics and abuse of office, with his bond pre-set at $25,000. He was released later in the day after meeting the bond requirements.

“This arrest is the result of a cooperative effort between the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in the state,” Sheriff Randy Seal said.

Cotton is a former investigator for the Washington Parish District Attorney’s Office. Officials withAttorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office said that Cotton used his public position to exchange sex acts with the parish’s drug offenders.

He is accused of supplying offenders with cash and narcotics in exchange for those acts.