HOUMA -- Terrebonne Parish Recreation Director Sterling Washington has resigned after an exclusive WWL-TV investigation showed an accused sex trafficker was allowed to coach a parish youth basketball team.
That coach, Derrian Williams, was arrested and charged in February 2017 with child sex trafficking and carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and the recreation director, Washington, moved quickly to ban Williams from coaching.
Washington said he had seen a post on Derrian Williams’ Facebook page after the Terrebonne all-star team won a national championship at a Biddy Basketball tournament in Slidell on March 27, but Ryan Williams told him Derrian was only filling in for him during the celebratory photo, not coaching.
Toups, the parish manager, agreed the Facebook post suggested Derrian Williams was more involved than simply filling in for his father, but he said the parish’s investigation had determined it was an “isolated incident.”
The state has charged Derrian Williams with trafficking of children for sexual purposes, attempted trafficking of children for sexual purposes, felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, as well as marijuana charges and operating a vehicle without a license.