Mike Cazes

Sheriff Mike Cazes

UPDATE: The Louisiana State Police launched an investigation on Thursday into the inmate found working at the home of West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes in March, LSP Public Affairs Commander Captain J.B. Slaton confirmed. LSP will turn over any findings to the District Attorney. 

The Department of Corrections began an investigation last month, which is still underway. 

District Attorney Liason Zach Simmers said he could not offer comment at this time. In a previous interview, Simmers said Sheriff Cazes was not offering comment at the advice of his attorneys. 

An undercover investigation by WAFB revealed Sheriff Mike Cazes hired an inmate to work unsupervised in his home.

Elmer Castillo, a 32-year-old undocumented immigrant in prison for sexual battery against a 13-year-old was seen working at Cazes home during a six-hour surveillance period, Kiran Chawla reports. A Department of Corrections van was also seen on Cazes’ property.

The Department of Corrections and West Baton Rouge Parish District Attorneys Office have launched investigations into the matter.

Sheriff Mike Cazes did not return calls requesting comment. Media liaison Major Zack Simmers said Cazes plans to release a statement but did not give a time period.

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