WPSO Investigation Leads to Arrest of Former Correction Deputy

Published 6:38 pm Sunday, September 17, 2023

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The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) has acted upon the findings of an internal investigation, resulting in the arrest of a former corrections deputy on charges of misconduct in office.

In early September, the WPSO initiated an internal investigation based on suspicions of potential wrongdoing in the office involving a corrections officer. The investigation was conducted thoroughly and meticulously, leading to the arrest of 48-year-old Buffy Riley, a resident of Bogalusa.

Riley was taken into custody and subsequently charged under Louisiana Revised Statute (LRS) 14:134 for Malfeasance in Office. She was booked into the Washington Parish Jail without incident, marking a significant development in the ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal expressed his perspective: “It is essential to address illegal behavior within our ranks. Through her actions, Riley violated the trust of her colleagues, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the citizens of the parish she had sworn to serve and protect. My office will not tolerate such actions and will be dealt with appropriately.”

The investigation remains ongoing, and the WPSO is committed to pursuing any leads or evidence related to this case. Additional arrests and charges may follow as the investigation progresses. I would like to point out that this is an active and ongoing investigation, and no further information can be shared at this time.

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office assures the public that the highest standards of integrity and accountability are maintained within the organization. The actions against Buffy Riley underscore the commitment to maintaining trust, transparency, and adherence to the rule of law.