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Eunice High School Assistant Principal Arrested for Child Cruelty

Deputies responded to the 900 block of Joe W Road in Church Point area in reference to a complaint of child cruelty on August 31, 2020,

Posted: Sep 2, 2020 11:27 AM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 11:33 AM

According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “Deputies responded to the 900 block of Joe W Road in Church Point area in reference to a complaint of child cruelty on August 31, 2020.” When deputies arrived, deputies spoke to the 14-year-old juvenile victim and his father, Brett Andrew Semien. The victim stated his father was extremely upset when he went into the house to notify him of a snake and he had taken his eyes off the snake. The victim had been bitten by a snake in the past and was allergic to the anti-venom. After the snake incident, Semien and his son (victim) went to the pasture to the bush hog it when the victim could not help his father connect the arms of the bush hog. Semien once again grew angry with his son and got off the tractor, approached him, and punched him in the stomach knocking the air from his lungs making it hard to breathe. The victim then stated his father struck him a second time in the stomach which knocked him to the ground causing him to 'blackout". The victim stated that while he was on the ground, he recalled his father kicking him in the chest. While deputies were seeking medical treatment for the victim, Simien walked underneath the carport and became upset that deputies were talking to his sons. Semien was asked several times to wait by a four-wheeler but became upset and advised the deputy that he was not going to talk to his kids. Semien then instructed his sons to go into the residence.
Semien then approached the screened in patio door and was told to remain outside multiple times. Semien refused and was escorted back to the four-wheeler where he became very angry and was advised of his rights. When asked if he understood his rights, Semien volunteered to remain silent and did not wish to speak. Semien was told to stand up multiple times and initially refused then began removing his cell phone from his pocket. As the deputy approached Semien and was told not to resist, he stood up and was advised to turn around and face away multiple times and refused to do so. Semien then stated that he had a firearm on him and finally complied. When instructed to place his hands on his head, Semien began walking away. The deputy then attempted to place Semien in handcuffs and Semien once again resisted, striking the deputy in the chest area. After several commands to stop resisting, Semien complied and the firearm was removed from his waistband. Semien was transported to the parish jail for booking.
Sheriff Guidroz stated, “The fact that Semien was armed while he was passively then “forcibly” resisting arrest and not complying with the commands of a deputy trying to render aid to a juvenile victim could have resulted in a deadly force encounter.” Sheriff Guidroz added, “I would like to thank both Semien and my deputy in remaining calm and deescalating the situation. I urge everyone to comply with the lawful orders of an officer and if there is a problem with the way a law enforcement officer handles a situation, to report it to their administration.”

On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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