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Slidell Man Found Guilty of Raping Girl, 6, and Producing Child Porn

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Sept. 20, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jack Conklin, 61, of Slidell, guilty Friday (Sept. 15) of aggravated rape, sexual battery of a victim under 13, and production of pornography involving juveniles. Conklin faces mandatory life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 2 by District Judge August Hand.

The victim was 6 years old when Conklin raped her and took explicit photos of her between December 2012 and February 2013. Conklin was an associate of the girl’s father, who occasionally left her in his care. The crime came to light when a friend of the family overheard the victim telling another child that Conklin wanted to marry her and had kissed her like she was a woman. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated after being contacted by the girl’s father, but the child did not initially disclose any abuse.

Later, the Sheriff’s Office seized cameras, computers, and other electronic equipment from Conklin’s home after receiving a report that Conklin was acting suspiciously and taking photos outside a neighbor’s house in Slidell. During questioning, Conklin admitted having marijuana, which led officers to get a search warrant. The officers found a bag of panties belonging to a little girl, a bag of human hair, and dozens of Chuck E Cheese’s trading cards with children’s faces on them. They also found binoculars and multiple computers and cameras, which were examined by the agency’s crime lab. Technicians were able to recover more than 5,000 pornographic or erotic images of children and 2,000 such images of the victim, including some photos and a video of Conklin performing sexual acts on the child. In subsequent interviews, the victim disclosed that Conklin had done inappropriate things to her.

In June 2016, the District Attorney’s Office got information that pornographic images and videos involving juveniles were located on Conklin’s computer at work.

The victim, now 11, testified during the trial, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jerry Smith and Holly McGinness. The jury voted 11 to 1 to convict Conklin on the aggravated rape charge and unanimously on the sexual battery and production of child pornography charges.

Slidell Man Convicted of Molesting 8-year-old Girl

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Sept. 13, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Latroy O. Simmons, 26, of Slidell, guilty Friday (Sept. 8) of molestation of a juvenile. He faces 25 to 99 years when sentenced Nov. 2 by District Judge Reginald Badeaux.

Simmons was staying with the family of an 8-year-old girl in 2014, when he molested her. The victim was asleep one night when she was awakened to Simmons, grabbing her legs. He continued touching her inappropriately until a noise startled him, and the victim ran into the bathroom. After suffering emotional problems and struggling in school for two years afterwards, the girl opened up and disclosed the incident to her mother, who called the police.

The Slidell Police Department investigated the case. Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and Luke Lancaster prosecuted it.

Franklinton Man Who Raped 5-year-old Girl Gets Life Sentence

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Sept. 12, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Lance Grandison, 32, of Franklinton, has been sentenced to mandatory life in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl about six years ago. Grandison was convicted in August of first degree rape, which carries a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

Grandison knew the family of the victim, now 11, who had been left in his care when the incident occurred in 2011. The victim disclosed the rape last year to her mother, who contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Grandison was later arrested on a warrant.

A Washington Parish jury voted unanimously to convict him on Aug. 10.  The sentencing hearing was last Thursday (Sept. 7). Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Casey Dieck prosecuted the case before District Judge William Knight.

Washington Parish Grand Jury Indicts Two Men on Rape Charges

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FRANKLINTON—A Washington Parish grand jury indicted two men Tuesday (Aug. 29) in separate rape cases. The defendants and their charges are as follows:

  • Gary W. Mayfield, 64, of Shreveport, charged with aggravated oral sexual battery of a victim under 12, aggravated rape of a victim under 12, and aggravated incest for alleged crimes that took place from June 13, 1999, when the victim was 9 years old, through August 1, 2004.
  • Landon Scott Spears, 40, of Franklinton, charged with first degree rape of a victim under 13 in the rape of a child who was 3 years old when the incident occurred between April 1, 2017, and May 28, 2017.

Mississippi Man Indicted in Rape of 8-year-old in Slidell

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Mississippi Man Indicted in Rape of 8-year-old in Slidell

COVINGTON—A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Lloyd Joseph Weysham, 61, of Kiln, Mississippi, Thursday (August 24) of first degree rape of a victim under 13.

Weysham is accused of raping an 8-year-old girl who had been left in his care in a Slidell home in June of this year. The 11-year-old sister of the victim told authorities that she witnessed the crime while pretending to be asleep and then called a family member to report the incident.

The family member contacted the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, which arrested Weysham.

Jury Finds Memory-Care Facility’s Cook Guilty of Raping Resident

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COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Jerry Kan, 59, a former cook at a memory-care facility in Mandeville, guilty Thursday (Aug. 10) of raping a woman who lived there. Kan is scheduled to be sentenced by District Judge William Burris Oct. 17 on the third-degree rape conviction.

“This is a victory for every dementia and Alzheimer’s patient and their families,” District Attorney Warren Montgomery said. “Those in a position of trust who prey on the vulnerable will be held accountable.”

Montgomery thanked Assistant District Attorneys William Macke and Jerry Smith, the Mandeville Police Department, particularly Detective Kevin Covert, and the jury for their dedication and hard work.

The jury rejected the defendant’s claim that he had consensual sex in August 2016 with the woman, then 78, who had been diagnosed with dementia and placed by her family in Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living. In a recorded statement, Kan admitted having sex with the resident after chatting with her in the dining room and escorting her to her room. Prosecutors argued that because of the woman’s condition, she was unable to give consent to sex, and the jury ultimately agreed. The jury deliberated about 90 minutes before returning a unanimous guilty verdict.

 

Jury Finds Franklinton Man Guilty of Raping 5-year-old Girl

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Jury Finds Franklinton Man Guilty of Raping 5-year-old Girl

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Lance Grandison, 32, of Franklinton, guilty Aug. 10 of raping a 5-year-old girl about six years ago. Grandison faces a mandatory life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence at a hearing Aug. 25 before District Judge William Knight.

Grandison knew the family of the victim, now 11, who had been left in his care when the incident occurred in 2011. The victim disclosed the rape last year to her mother, who contacted the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Grandison was arrested later on a warrant.

The jury deliberated about 38 minutes before returning a unanimous guilty verdict to first-degree rape. Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Casey Dieck prosecuted the case.

Grand Jury Indicts Covington Man on Rape, Child Pornography

Aug. 14, 2017                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COVINGTON—A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Jackson Richard Miller, 49, of Covington, Monday of 164 counts of pornography involving juveniles, first degree rape of a victim under 13, pornography involving juveniles under 13, indecent behavior with a juvenile under 13, and obstruction of justice.

Miller is accused of uploading dozens of pornographic images of juveniles between January and October 2009.  He also is accused of raping an 8-year-old girl, taking pornographic images of her, and behaving inappropriately with a 9-year-old girl, all between Jan. 1, 2015, and May 31, 2017.