The Mississippi River bisects the Parish of St. Charles, which lies about 20 miles west of New Orleans and is the home to roughly 50,000 residents. Harry Morel, who was elected the district attorney of St. Charles Parish’s for 33 years, served the Parish from 1979 to 2012. After opting out of re-election, Morel worked as an assistant prosecutor under his sequel for many months before he retired amid the current FBI investigation, which revealed he had a nasty habit of demanding sexual favors from females who came to him asking for help with either their cases or their relatives’ cases.
The startling information was revealed by investigators of the case at a news conference after the hearing. The filing against the ex-prosecutor did not specify a certain intent of the grand jury’s probe, but federal court records unveiled that Morel and his office have been the subject of a long-running FBI investigation. The FBI was recently granted the right to subpoena numerous documents starting from January 2013 from the St. Charles Parish courthouse, including over a 10 years’ worth of child enforcement actions and hundreds of records of drunken driving cases. The charges that the court filed against him carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite paints him a man who perverted his position to take sexual advantage of desperate women who needed help over 33 years with more victims than the world will ever know. St. Charles Parish Sheriff, Greg Champagne, was in accord with the statement, elaborating that Morel was despicable, knowing intuitively who to target and was good at it.