KATC Investigates

May 2, 2014 5:47 PM by Akeam Ashford

Part 1: Are protective orders protecting?

Studies show most protective orders are violated within a year, and according to a study cited by the State Supreme Court, 29 percent of those cases are violated with severe violence.

This past year we saw examples of that when Bethany Arceneaux was kidnapped by someone she had a protective order against, her ex-boyfriend.

And the Acadia Parish man indicted on second-degree murder in connection with Skylar Credeur's death was her step father Kerry Bertrand, who is also accused of violating a restraining order.

These cases prompted KATC to investigate protective orders in Acadiana.

We found the number of protective orders filed in all of Acadiana decreased 7 percent over the last five years, but Acadia Parish saw a 50 percent increase in that same time period -- from 152 orders in 2009 to 229 last year.

A viewer in Acadia Parish reached out to us about his protective order, fearing it won't actually protect him and his family.

Six months ago, Acadia Parish resident Hollins Trahan began fearing for his family's life when his daughter broke up with her boyfriend.

"It was peaceful while they were dating, and then it was a kind of a bad breakup when they did break up," Trahan said.

Once separated, Trahan said ex-boyfriend Blake Borill started harassing his family, allegedly threatening them with a broken beer bottle. Criminal charges are pending in the district attorney's office.

"I don't know what he wants. I don't know what he's got on his mind really. I just want peace. I just want him to stay away from here," Trahan said.

According to Sheriff's records, Borill began calling Trahan and showing up at his home. When Borill showed up on March 1, Trahan had had enough.

He called deputies that same day and followed up again two days later, but it took six weeks of pressuring the District Attorney and Sheriff's offices for Borill to be arrested, Trahan said.

"I just want justice, you know. If he violates my protective order, arrest him. That's all I want," Trahan said.

To his knowledge, deputies didn't act for the first few times, only after weeks of pressuring them did he see movement.

"If I got a restraining order he can come in my driveway any time he wants he could very easily walk in my house and grab a gun off my wall and kill us all, I don't know. Many things go through my head. Would he do that? I don't know, but it's a possibility," Trahan said.

Trahan was shaken by a case close to home last year, when 20-year-old Skylar Credeur was allegedly murdered by her step father Kerry Bertrand. She too had a protective order required him to stay away from he and the home where she was found murdered. But he was allegedly found in the attic.

"In these kind of cases no, a lot of things get looked over. Then when something bad happens everybody that's responsible is sorry," Trahan said. "I just don't want to be another whole family gets killed while they had a restraining order against someone who never got arrested."


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