Minutiae about their cases that is normal in all other criminal files available for public review is not in their cases.
Access is denied to their case records from the day they are arrested.
What becomes of them after that point is, based on the closed records, none of your business.
The charges may have been dropped, they may have been prosecuted; they may have been convicted, they may have be acquitted, they may have pleaded; they may be in prison, they may be on probation.
Some have said the record closure is done to protect victims. Presumably those victims and/or their families are kept abreast of developments in the cases, though there’s no record to check that by.
Perhaps the records are closed in an effort to keep law enforcement and/or the judicial system from inadvertently identifying victims.
Whatever the reasons, the record restriction is contrary to what is done in other area parishes.
Here’s a samplin of cases the system keeps you from knowing any more about.
Date of arrest, name, charge:
July 2009 -- Stephan Bergeron, forcible rape, three counts aggravated rape.
April 2010 -- Corey J. PItre, carnal knowledge of a juvenile, two counts contributing to delinquency of a juvenile.
May 2010 Jockque Randall, aggravated rape of 10-year-old girl.
July 2010 Ernest J. Bertrand -- rape of 11-year-old.
August 2010 -- Michael Taylor, oral sexual battery, aggravated incest, attempted aggravated rape.
August 2010 -- James Barnwell, rape, incest.
August 2010 -- James Malveaux, Sr., attempted simple rape, false imprisonment, sexual battery.
September 2010 -- Michael Taylor, aggravated rape, molestation of a juvenile.
October 2010 -- Trinity Goudeau, sexual battery, aggravated rape.
Jan. 2011 -- Clayton Johnson, forcible rape.
March 2011 -- Kenneth Fontenot, aggravated rape, molestation of a juvenile.
March 2011 -- Jimmie Breaux, molestation of juvenile under age 13.
March 2011 -- Charles Coleman, 20 counts of rape of 16-year-old.
April 11 -- Johnathon Papillion, forcible rape.
May 2011 -- Abner Malveaux, simple rape.
June 2011 -- Dustin Heinen, aggravated rape, domestic abuse battery, false imprisonment.
September 2011 -- Scott Martel, pornography involving juvenile, sexual battery.
October 2011 -- Morris Champman, aggravated rape.
October 2011 -- Donald Ray Thibodeaux, rape.
December 2011 -- Douglas Gerace, molestation of a juvenile.
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