A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy was fired and then arrested after an investigation revealed that he'd acted inappropriately with a 13-year-old Mandeville-area girl, Sheriff Jack Strain announced this afternoon.
Scott Benton, 42, of 231 Forest Loop, Mandeville, was arrested at his home on Thursday and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail that evening with one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. He was released on $25,000 bond later that evening, authorities said.
Benton allegedly engaged in inappropriate conversations with the girl, and one incident involved a kiss, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Investigators received a complaint on June 1 from the mother of a 13 year old Mandeville-area girl, authorities said.
No other incidents involving the two are believed to have occurred, authorities said.
Until his termination on Thursday, Benton had been a deputy working security at the 22nd Judicial District Court in Covington for about three years.
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