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Police Chief charged with raping a child

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SPEARSVILLE La. (KNOE 8 News) - A well-known law enforcement figure In a Union Parish town is accused of breaking the law.

He's charged with raping a child over a two-year period.

We talked with people in Spearsville about the accusations, and got their reaction.

A mechanic shop that lies at the entrance of Spearsville, a village in Union Parish is owned by a man, well known in the community; the Spearsville Police Chief, Steve Bodine, who is now accused of raping a child. 

"One of my buddies told me about it and at first I didn't believe it because like I said he was a pretty good guy so that kind of shocked me. I didn't believe it at first I was like someone fed you some crap man," said Chase Millien, of Spearsville.

Bodine was arrested Monday after a yearlong investigation with joint efforts between Union Parish Sheriff's Office, State Police, and the D.A.

Union Parish Chief Deputy, Dusty Gates said the investigation started when the victim's family came forward.

"A family member came to us with allegations that Mr. Bodine had been involved with some inappropriate sexual behavior with a young child," said Gates.

Gates said witnesses testified that the incident happened at a residence over a two-year period.

"The incident occurred a few years ago when the victim was a child, of eight years old," said Gates.

According to Gates, Bodine has denied all of the accusations.

Spearsville residents said rumors have been circulating around town for a while, but said they would never expect something like this from Bodine.

Chase Millien said he heard the news from the alleged victim's family.

"Yeah I mean I know it's true because I'm friends with the girls mom and I saw it on Facebook. She put it on Facebook but it's really hard to believe everybody else was in denial," said Millien.

Bodine is in the Union Parish Detention Center, with a bond is set at $500,000.

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