Dennis Perkins: Louisiana ex-deputy pleads guilty to helping wife serve semen-laced cupcakes to students
LIVINGSTON PARISH, LOUISIANA: Former Louisiana sheriff’s deputy Dennis Wallace Perkins pleaded guilty to several sex crimes involving minors on Tuesday, January 3. He will serve up to 100 years in state prison after he confessed to one count of second-degree rape, two counts of sexual battery of a child, one count of video voyeurism, two counts of production of pornography involving children under the age of 13, and one count of the mingling of harmful substances, officials declared.
The most disturbing of the former Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy and SWAT commander’s horrible crimes is the ‘mingling of harmful substances’ charge, where his wife, Cynthia T Perkins, used his semen to ‘season’ the cupcakes she served to students at Westside Junior High School, where she worked as an English teacher. As per the authorities, Perkins recorded himself making the sickening concoction. His wife had pleaded guilty in February to counts of second-degree rape, production of child pornography, and conspiracy of mingling harmful substances. As per a Law&Crime report, Cynthia admitted to aiding her husband in sexually assaulting a minor and filming a minor who was bathing and was slapped with a 41-year jail term, with the condition that she would testify against her husband in case he goes to trial.
“Today, Dennis Perkins admitted to his despicable crimes and pled guilty in court. He not only waived any right to appeal, probation, or parole and any attempt to avoid conviction; but Mr. Perkins also spared the victims from reliving his horrific crimes during the trial,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement after the hearing.
Landry further reflected on the hearings in a follow-up post on Facebook. “Our State is suffering from a crime epidemic, and it is going to take a strong commitment from local and state officials to defeat it,” he said. “Criminals must be punished for their crimes, and victims must be supported. Today, my office sent a loud message to predators lurking: if you harm children, you will receive the justice you deserve.”
Before Circuit Judge Erika W Sledge sentenced Perkins, he told the court, “I’m sorry. It’s been more than three years living in a box and it’s not about me. I just want to make this statement. Jesus Christ has forgiven me. And I’m grateful for that. And, I hope and pray that anybody that this affected will also find forgiveness and healing through Jesus Christ.” He added that "certain facts would have come to light in pre-trial motions" and helped his case, but agreed "we just ran out of time."
During the investigation, the authorities found at Perkins' home, which he shared with Cynthia, 2600 photos and 300 videos depicting illegal content.