Former firefighter arrested for 3rd time, faces new 2nd-degree rape charge

Published 4:59 pm Monday, September 13, 2021

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Brandon Applewhite, 36, a former Bogalusa firefighter who resides on Louisiana Highway 436, was arrested for the third time on Tuesday, Sept. 7, according to officials with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

His first arrest occurred in May, when he was charged with non-consensual disclosure of a private picture, extortion and malfeasance. In June, he was arrested again on a charge of second-degree rape. He was booked on another charge of second-degree rape on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and released on Thursday, Sept. 9, after posting a $75,000 bond.

The arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, officials said. Any individual who might have more information regarding this very serious matter is asked to contact Det. Capt. Tom Anderson at 985-661-6024.

“As I stated after Applewhite’s arrest in June, this is a complex case of manipulation involving several females,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “I am so pleased with the continued investigation by our detective division in cooperation with the Bogalusa Police Department. If anyone has additional information about this ongoing matter, please contact Capt. Anderson.”