Otha Michael Williams, 54, a resident of West Stateline Road in northern Washington Parish, was arrested on February 4 and placed in the Washington Parish Jail where he remains with bond set at $750,000. Williams is charged with three counts of aggravated rape, one count of sexual battery and one count of indecent behavior with juveniles. All alleged offenses occurred in Washington Parish with juvenile victims. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office does not release information in crimes against juveniles in order to protect the victims..
"We take such offenses against children very, very seriously," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "After reviewing evidence in this case, our detective division sought an arrest warrant.
In another recent arrest, Shaun Travis Hobgood, 40, a resident of Highway 21 in Angie, was arrested February 4, 2020, by Washington Parish Sheriff's Sergeant David Cupp. Hobgood was booked into the Washington Parish Jail as a fugitive from St. Tammany Parish and is being transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail to serve a sentence there.
Sgt. Cupp was on patrol north of Bogalusa when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. After a short pursuit, Sgt. Cupp stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Highways 21 and 436. It was determined that the driver, Shaun Travis Hobgood, was wanted on an outstanding warrant from St. Tammany Parish.
Hobgood has a history of incarceration in Washington Parish since 2015 on various charges, including possession of heroin and other illegal drugs, sale or distribution of illegal drugs, manufacture of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, parole violation and resisting arrest by flight.
"We were glad to assist the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office by arresting Hobgood on their warrant," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "Anytime a person is wanted for a criminal violation, the information is stored in a national criminal justice data base. No matter where the person might travel in the United States, that information is instantly available to law enforcement. It is fruitless to attempt to flee from legal obligations. Thank you, Sgt. Cupp, for being alert and pro-active."