Upon investigation, it was learned that the 15-year-old had met the suspect through a mutual friend, Waguespack said in a news release. The victim stated that the suspect came up with the idea of telling her father that she was going to tutor children at a local church in Paincourtville, he stated. The visits to Paincourtville took place over several months.
She stated that he bought her an I-Phone, clothing, jewelry and paid for some beauty salon visits, the sheriff reported. She admitted that they had sex on five different occasions in Assumption Parish, he stated.
The suspect, Lonnie M. Fortner, 39, of 122 Ideal St., Paincourtville, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with five felony counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, Waguespack sated.
Fortner was taken to the Assumption Parish Detention Center where he was booked, he stated. Fortner’s bail had not been set as of the time of the news release.
Fortner is a registered sex offender as a result of a 2003 conviction in Assumption Parish, the sheriff stated. Fortner had completed a five-year sentence for carnal knowledge of a juvenile and pornography involving a juvenile, Waguespack stated.