Patricia Fore

Patricia Fore

The co-owner of a controversial water sports company was arrested Friday morning for a sex crime stemming from a 2019 complaint, according to Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard.

Patricia Dianne Fore, 58, was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center around 11 a.m. Friday. She faces one charge of sexual battery, a felony.

Her arrest came days after her husband, 66-year-old John Fore, surrendered to authorities for the same charge, though it was unrelated to the incident involving Patricia, Ard said in a statement.

Both charges against John and Patricia Fore involve people under the age of 18, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The charges against the two stem from two separate complaints,” Ard said. “The complaint against John Fore was reported this month. The complaint against Patricia Fore stems from a 2019 report.”

Following John Fore’s arrest, Ard said the 2019 case involving Patricia was brought to his attention. Upon review, Ard said the case “had not been pursued as diligently as it should have been” and that the victim’s family has been made aware of the renewed effort.

Ard said deputies are conducting additional interviews this week and “actively pursuing the investigation of Patricia Fore.”

“All evidence will be gathered and no matter who you are, if you commit a crime, you will face the punishment,” Ard said. “While I am personally reviewing the case following the 2019 report, my total focus is on the victim receiving justice.”

Ard said there may be other victims who have not yet come forward. He urged those people to contact his office at (225) 686-2241 x1.

“This continues to be an ongoing but sensitive investigation,” Ard said. “No more details can be released at this time.”

The sexual battery charges for John and Patricia Fore came on top of legal action that was recently taken against company.

Days before the first arrest, the popular water sports company was listed as a defendant in a negligence lawsuit filed in federal court, with plaintiffs claiming the company is responsible for the death of their loved one last year.

Tiki Tubing, LLC, was named a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Keith Hilliard, a 53-year-old man from Central who died last summer on Father’s Day weekend after launching from Tiki Tubing.

The lawsuit, which is separate from the criminal charge Fore faces, was filed in federal court nearly a year after Hilliard’s death, one of multiple accidents that put Tiki Tubing under fire last summer.

Despite all the negative attention, representatives from Tiki Tubing recently announced via the company’s Facebook page that the summer season would begin May 27. As of Friday, the post was still there.

John Fore bonded out at $25,000 following his arrest on Monday, though he is required to wear a GPS monitor, according to court records.

Patricia Fore’s bond was set at $25,000. She is no longer listed on the detention center’s inmate list, suggesting she has bonded out.

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