Melanie Curtin

Melanie B. Curtin, 41, of Denham Springs

LIVINGSTON -- The third suspect arrested in an ongoing child pornography investigation is out on bond, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday morning.

Melanie B. Curtin, 41, of Denham Springs, was taken into custody last weekend for her alleged involvement with Dennis and Cynthia Perkins, the couple at the center of an investigation of crimes against children.

After being transported to the Livingston Parish Detention Center, Curtin was charged with one count of first degree rape and one count of video voyeurism, and Judge Jeffrey Johnson set her bond at $350,000.

According to the Attorney General’s office, Johnson also added GPS monitoring as a condition of bail should Curtin make bond.

Curtin making bond late Wednesday night is the latest in an investigation that has swept Livingston Parish since October, when Dennis Perkins, a forming high-ranking Livingston Parish Sheriff’s lieutenant, and Cynthia Perkins, a former middle school teacher, were arrested following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to Attorney General Jeff Landry.

After their arrests, a grand jury indicted Dennis and Cynthia Perkins on a total of 150 counts, including producing and possession of child pornography, rape, obscenity, video voyeurism, attempted rape, sexual battery of a child under 13 years old, mingling of harmful substances, and sexually abusing an animal.

The grand jury’s report listed four total victims — Juvenile Victim 1, Juvenile Victim 2, Adult Victim 1, Adult Victim 2 — in its findings, with the alleged crimes going back as far as November 2014 through July 2019.

Dennis and Cynthia Perkins, who have both entered pleas of “not guilty,” could face multiple life sentences and up to 6,000 years in prison. The two are scheduled to appear in court on March 6.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux formally recused his office from proceedings against Dennis and Cynthia Perkins shortly after their arrests. On Monday, he recused his office from proceedings against Curtin, as well.

Landry, whose office is leading the investigation, encouraged anyone with information regarding the investigation to contact the LBI toll-free at 1-800-256-4506. Callers may remain anonymous.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

“As noted multiple times before: this matter is a very serious, ongoing investigation; and we will not make any comments that may jeopardize a successful prosecution of the crimes,” Landry said in a press release.

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I was under the impression this person's offence was against an adult and with Dennis Perkins. This article implies she is involved with child pornography and Cynthia Perkins, can this be clarified?

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