After owners' sex crime arrests, Tiki Tubing no longer plans to open this summer
DENHAM SPRINGS - Tiki Tubing no longer plans to open up this summer, the business announced just a week after the couple running it was arrested in separate sex crimes cases.
According to the business's website, it will not open for the 2022 season due to "new rules" on the river and "other complications."
The owner, 66-year-old John Fore, was arrested May 16 in a sexual battery case involving a juvenile. His wife, Patricia Fore, was arrested just days later on similar charges stemming from 2019 allegations.
Tiki Tubing, which was at the center of numerous law enforcement responses on the Amite River last year, is also facing a lawsuit from the family of a man who died while tubing in 2021.
The sheriff’s office refused to elaborate on its internal strife over how a 2019 complaint against Patricia Fore was handled. The victim’s family told WBRZ last week, they felt ignored in the three years between filing the complaint and last week’s arrest.
Tuesday, Sheriff Jason Ard refused to participate in an interview. Ard previously acknowledged flaws in the original investigation but ignored questions asking him to clarify or elaborate, including whether his admission of the case being handled wrongly by the agency was met with internal changes or discipline.
Watch more from WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 Tuesday here.