.."It absolutely worries me that Judge Becnel did not order him on home incarceration," said Tracy Mutz, a former girlfriend who claimed Schaeffer raped and repeatedly hit her during their two year relationship beginning in 2004. "He threatened to kill me. He held his loaded service weapon to my head." Mutz feels Shaeffer's sentence was too lenient considering he was facing life behind bars...
FORMER ST. JOHN PARISH LIEUTENANT PLEADS GUILTY
Women Accused Wayne Schaeffer Of Multiple Attacks
POSTED: 11:19 am CDT May 22, 2009
UPDATED: 11:48 am CDT May 22, 2009
[Excerpts] A former lieutenant in the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts and received a sentence of 10 years of probation. Wayne Schaeffer was indicted in January 2008 on charges of aggravated rape, battery and attempted sexual battery. The felony counts were filed after several women came forward during an I-Team investigation into Schaeffer's conduct. He pleaded guilty to two counts: malfeasance in office and second-degree battery. If convicted on all of the original charges, Schaeffer could have received a sentence that would have kept him in prison for the rest of his life. By pleading guilty to the limited charges and adhering to the judge's conditions, he avoids prison time. Schaeffer's accusers included a former girlfriend who told I-Team senior investigative reporter Richard Angelico she suffered abuse that at one point sent her to the emergency room. "Mostly, I became a punching bag... in my face, my legs," Tracey Mutz said in late 2007. Mutz said she was also raped at gunpoint and suffered a broken hip. Two other women described instances of abuse at the hands of Schaeffer. "The straw that broke the camel's back was when he crushed a wine glass in my hand," one of them told Angelico. Another said she was groped by Schaeffer at a local bar. "I slapped his hand and told him to get the hell off of me and he went berserk," said the woman, identified as "Jessica" in the WDSU report. "He started calling me a slut and a whore and I didn't even know him." Schaeffer was fired shortly after the first I-Team reports aired. State Police conducted an investigation into the allegations. They said Schaeffer failed a polygraph test administered as part of the probe. [LINK]
FORMER ST. JOHN PARISH DEPUTY CHARGED WITH RAPE PLEADS GUILTY TO REDUCED CHARGES
by Joy Hirdes
Friday May 22, 2009, 3:45 PM
...Judge Mary Hotard Becnel ordered Schaeffer to complete anger management and sensitivity counseling, as well as domestic violence counseling and to submit to random drug and alcohol screenings at his own expense and to pay fines and court costs totalling $4,718.50. Judge Becnel also released Schaeffer of his electronic monitoring and ordered him to have no contact with his victims and their families for the duration of his probation. "It absolutely worries me that Judge Becnel did not order him on home incarceration," said Tracy Mutz, a former girlfriend who claimed Schaeffer raped and repeatedly hit her during their two year relationship beginning in 2004. "He threatened to kill me. He held his loaded service weapon to my head." Mutz feels Shaeffer's sentence was too lenient considering he was facing life behind bars. Seated one row behind Schaeffer on Friday, Mutz said she jumped at the chance to give a victim's statement in the courtroom. "I let him know that he had done some terrible things to people," said Mutz, who met Schaeffer when he coached her son in little league baseball. "And that even though our bruises have healed there are still lots of terrible scars left behind... He did not look at me... He kept his head down the throughout the hearing."
"I have been waiting for this day for a very long time," Mutz said. The judge set a proof of compliance hearing for August 5, 2009. [Full article here]
PLEA LETS EX-ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST COP AVOID PRISON
by Joy Hirdes
Friday May 22, 2009, 8:48 PM
...Allan Wayne Schaeffer, 48, of LaPlace, pleaded guilty to second-degree battery and malfeasance in office on Friday and received five years of probation on each count. Schaeffer, a former lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office, had been charged with aggravated rape, second-degree battery and attempted sexual battery. He was fired from the sheriff's office in October 2008 after a State Police investigation, which stemmed from a domestic dispute complaint filed by a former girlfriend [Tracey Mutz]. Schaeffer faced a possible life sentence on the aggravated rape charge and a maximum of five years on both the second-degree battery and attempted sexual battery charges. "We took an offer that was too good to pass up versus life in prison, " Schaeffer's attorney, Paul C. Fleming, said Friday evening. "The verdict gives Mr. Schaeffer a chance at a future. He's been stagnant." The prosecution was handled by the Ascension Parish district attorney's office after the state recused itself, citing a deteriorating rapport with the victims. According to the indictment against him, Schaeffer was charged with one count of aggravated rape in a November 2005 incident and one count of second-degree battery in a May 2006 incident, both involving a former girlfriend. The attempted sexual battery charge, according to the indictment, stemmed from an incident involving another woman who said Schaeffer tried to force her to perform a sex act after parking his patrol car behind the Sherman Walker Correctional Facility in LaPlace... [Full article here]
- [LA] Lt. Schaeffer accused of dv, rape, sex assault by 3 women - ...Schaeffer was just fired in October after Tracey Mutz, his ex-girlfriend, filed domestic violence charges on him. He's charged with aggravated rape and 2nd degree battery on her. Two other women are accusing him as well...
- [LA] Fired Deputy Schaeffer's victims have reason to fear - ...Mutz said Monday that the ruling did little to ease her fears since the monitoring device has to be ordered. "I'm 100 percent terrified and devastated," she said. "To know that man is walking free to do whatever he deems necessary, it doesn't seem logical. It doesn't seem like our justice system would allow this."