Acting United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MICHAEL J. COTTON (68) of Bogalusa and a former Investigator with the 22nd JDC District Attorney's Office was charged today in (October 24, 2017) with soliciting sexual favors from a woman in exchange for obtaining a bond reduction for her boyfriend.
According to the Bill of Information, COTTON was responsible for investigating matters involving the issuance of bad checks, including initiating cases, reviewing records, interacting with victims, collecting fees and restitution from offenders, and obtaining warrants from municipal judges.
On July 10, 2015, COTTON is alleged to have demanded sexual favors from a female identified as “Victim 1” in exchange for seeking a bond reduction for her boyfriend from $25,000 to a $30 signature bond.
If convicted, COTTON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Acting United States Attorney Evans reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.