BREAKING: School board president arrested

Lincoln Parish School Board President Dr. David Gullatt, 72, of Simsboro, was arrested on charges of obscenity and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

Ruston Police Department arrested Gullatt at 1:45 p.m. Friday at 103 N. Service Road in Ruston. 

The RPD officer received a complaint that someone was naked in the parking lot of the Graham Shopping Center performing a lewd act. When RPD arrived, Gullatt attempted to drive away but was blocked.  

The officer contacted Gullatt and observed he was shirtless but wearing a small pair of shorts. The officer then spoke with the complainant, who was parked next door. He said the suspect made a few laps through the parking lot and then pulled up to him. The complainant said Gullatt then just sat there so the complainant rolled down his window and asked, “Can I help you?” 

The complainant said Gullatt said, “Yeah, I think you can help me.” 

The complainant said he saw Gullatt performing a lewd act and that Gullatt offered to either get into the complainant’s truck or Gullatt’s vehicle. The complainant then started to video Gullatt with his phone and stalled Gullatt until police arrived.  

When arrested, Gullatt said he wasn’t doing anything except changing clothes. A search was conducted before securing the suspect in the police vehicle. Inside Gullatt’s shorts, an officer found a clear plastic zipper storage bag containing suspected methamphetamine.  

Gullatt was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and run through a body scanner prior to booking. The scanner revealed an object that resembled a glass smoking pipe. The officer advised Gullatt to retrieve the item, which he did. There was suspected meth residue inside.  

Gullatt, who serves as president of the school board, is a prior dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Education.

Bond was set at $30,000.

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