Roderick Clanton, 23, was arrested last week on having carnal knowledge (sex) with a 15-year-old girl in a New Orleans courthouse bathroom, reports WWLTV.com.
The pair were caught in the act by a court employee who walked into the men’s bathroom and saw two pairs of legs protruding from the bathroom stall. He immediately called security and sheriff’s deputies rushed to the scene, according to WWLTV.
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Community activist Walter Umrani said he was stunned, but that the incident represented larger problems in the city.
“The event that happened in the restroom here is unspeakable,” said community activist Walter Umrani. “Right in the seat of power [and] justice in the criminal justice system. It just speaks to the lack of respect and the morale decline in our city.”
Major Melvin Howard, head of courthouse security, said his deputies are trained to watch for anything out of the ordinary.
“Security in this building is always at a heightened level,” Howard said. “You never know, and I constantly tell the deputies be prepared for the unexpected. Always be suspicious. Don’t take anything for granted.”
Howard said last week’s arrest is uncommon, but to him it’s a sign that the courthouse security is working.
“This incident is rare, but I’m glad the deputies were vigilant and they were proactive,” Howard said.
The juvenile girl was taken into custody and released to her family. Clanton, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, is being held on a $10,000 bond.
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