June 22, 2022

Hancock Co. Deputy Resigns Before Being Arrested for Assault

Nicole McCardle

A deputy from Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and charged with simple assault, according to reports made by the Sun Herald.

Gendreau turned himself in last week at the D’Iberville Police Department, according to Chief Shannon Nobles.

Prior to his arrest, deputy Joseph “Joe” Gendreau resigned from the department.

The accusation was for making unwanted sexual advances on a  woman, making inappropriate sexual remarks, and soliciting her for sex on June 4.

Authorities say that officers reviewed footage that saw Gendreau entering the business the woman was at after he worked as a security guard at a nearby bar in D’Iberville.

He had been a patrol deputy about a year.

The ex-deputy was released on $2,500 bond after his arrest.

There have been multiple situations where Hancock County deputies were accused of wrongdoing, including:

  • Former K9 deputy Colin Freeman – arrested for domestic violence by simple assault
  • Hancock County narcotics commander Benjamin Taylor – fired for falsifying court documents to deny he fathered a girlfriend’s child
  • Hancock County deputy Derrick Flanagan – terminated and charged with two counts of exploitation of children and accessing child pornography

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