Louisiana Senate candidate Troy Hebert said Monday that the federal investigation into possible public corruption during his tenure as state Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner has closed without any charges filed against him, The Times-Picayune reported.
The newspaper reported that Hebert sent an email to media outlets pointing to reports that an FBI agent testifying in a related court hearing Thursday in Baton Rouge said the inquiry had been closed.
In January 2016, the Louisiana Voice and FOX8 News of New Orleans reported that the FBI was pursuing allegations that Hebert accepted sexual favors in exchange for helping a woman fix problems with her liquor license.
In a statement issued at the time, Hebert denied doing anything “illegal and unethical,” saying that he had been targeted by individuals who had, “threatened my life and family for fighting for the good law-abiding taxpayers of our state.”
Thursday’s Baton Rouge hearing involved a motion to dismiss child pornography charges against a former beer industry lobbyist, Chris Young, The Advocate reported.
According to the newspaper, Young testified that an FBI agent told him in August 2015 that material on his phone of boys engaging in sex acts with donkeys would not be made public if he cooperated with federal authorities in public corruption investigations. The agent mentioned Hebert’s name, noting that Young and Hebert were friends and had traveled together.
The FBI agent, Maurice Hattier Jr., later testified that he brought up Hebert’s name as an example when asking Young to help them investigate public officials.
Hebert is running as an independent, among 24 other hopefuls, looking to replace retiring Republican Sen. David Vitter in November’s jungle primary.
Stephanie Akin contributed to this report.