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Teen charged with aggravated rape in Webster Parish

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WEBSTER PARISH, La. - A 15-year-old Sarepta boy will face criminal charges as an adult after being charged with aggravated rape of a toddler.

The teen, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, was arrested earlier this month following a joint investigation conducted by Sarepta police, the Springhill Police Department and Springhill’s Internet Crimes Against Children detective Bryan Montgomery.

According to Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd, the recent arrest follows a July 6 complaint by the victim’s mother of accusations of molestation of her 3-year-old child. Police say the victim and the teen are related, but did not confirm the relationship.

“The offense occurred in Sarepta. The 3-year-old told his mother of the incident,” Lynd said. “The mother reported it to authorities and that is where the investigation began.”

Full details surrounding the rape have not been disclosed.

Friday, Bossier/Webster Assistant District Attorney Charles Jacobs confirmed the transfer of the case from juvenile court to adult court within the 26th Judicial District, where the teenager will be tried as an adult.

Jacobs said that following a continued custody hearing for probable cause Friday morning, the case was transferred after a judge found cause for the transition.

“The next step in the process would be to obtain a grand jury indictment,” Jacobs said.

The grand jury is expected to convene within the next 10 days according to Jacobs.

Until today the teenager had been housed at Ware Youth Center in Coushatta. Now that the teen will be tried as an adult, he has been booked into the parish jail at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. Lynd said the teen is expected to be transferred from the parish facility to another jail.

“Due to his age it is not safe to leave him in the general population.”

Lynd added that his agency offered to assist Sarepta authorities since Springhill’s Detective Mongomery is recognized as an expert by the 26th JDC  in cases such as sexual assault.

“I’ve sent Montgomery to numerous training classes for this type situation,” Lynd said. “This kind of training is not only beneficial to Springhill, but is also important so that we can assist surrounding agencies and citizens throughout the parish when dealing with these type offenses.”

As of noon Friday, bond had not been set for the juvenile. It is unclear if he has obtained legal counsel.

Under Louisiana Revised Statute 14:42 whoever commits the crime of aggravated rape shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

However, if the victim was under the age of 13 years and if the district attorney seeks a capital verdict, the offender shall be punished by death or life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, in accordance with the determination of the jury.

If the district attorney does not seek a capital verdict, the offender shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
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