HAHNVILLE, La. – The Latest on the case of a former Louisiana district attorney who pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstructing a federal investigation of allegations that he solicited sex from at least 20 women in exchange for leniency from his office (all times local):
Authorities have released tapes of a 911 call and other recorded statements by a woman who accused a former Louisiana district attorney of sexually assaulting her in 2010.
On the tapes, Danelle Keim told investigators that veteran prosecutor Harry Morel grabbed her, kissed her and touched her inappropriately after he stopped by her home to discuss a drunken driving charge that she faced.
Keim ultimately cooperated with an FBI investigation of Morel, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction of justice.
Morel, 73, served as St. Charles Parish's district attorney from 1979 to 2012. Keim died of a drug overdose in 2013 at age 27.
Authorities said Morel preyed on at least 20 women, offering them leniency from his office in exchange for sex.
A former south Louisiana district attorney whom authorities called a sexual predator pleaded guilty to harassing a witness and trying to get rid of evidence in a federal grand jury investigation that targeted him.
Harry Morel, who served as St. Charles Parish's elected district attorney for 33 years, was a predator who demanded sexual favors from at least 20 women who asked for help with their cases or relatives' cases, prosecutors and investigators said at a news conference after Wednesday's hearing.
Morel declined to comment after the hearing, but his attorney, Ralph Capitelli, said officials' comments describing Morel as a sexual predator were a smear tactic to influence sentencing.