FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 19, 2016
FRANKLINTON—A District judge has sentenced Rachel M. Carrier, 35, who had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy, to eight years in state prison but suspended that portion of the sentence, as long as she complies with several additional terms.
District Judge Martin E. Coady also ordered Carrier, of Bogalusa, to serve one year in the parish jail, five years of probation upon release, and 15 years of registration as a sex offender. She also is required to receive mental health counseling and have no contact with the victim or his family and no unsupervised contact with minors, except for family members.
Carrier’s sentencing was Thursday (Oct. 13), nearly two weeks after she pleaded guilty to six counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The same sentence applied to each of the six counts of carnal knowledge, but the terms are to be served concurrently. Carnal knowledge of a juvenile carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The maximum jail time for the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge is six months, and Carrier was sentenced to time served for the eight months she has been in jail.
Carrier, a mother of five children, including three teenage girls, had sex with the boy on several occasions and sometimes allowed him and his friends, who are also teenage boys, to spend the night at her home. While the boys were there, Carrier allowed them to smoke and drink. Carrier was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and released on bond, but about six weeks later she was arrested again when authorities discovered she was continuing to see the teenage boy.