FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2017
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Dwayne Callahan, 55, of Mandeville, guilty Wednesday (May 24) of sexual battery of a victim under 13 and two counts of molestation of a juvenile for incidents that occurred 10 to 20 years ago. Callahan faces from 25 years in prison to life when he is sentenced by District Judge William J. Burris on July 21.
The sexual battery charge and one of the molestation charges stem from crimes that took place between 2001 and 2007. In one incident, Callahan entered a room where two girls were sleeping in bunk beds. He began touching one of the girls in a sexual manner, and when she said “no,” the other girl looked up and saw Callahan’s hand in the victim’s pants. The girls told family members, who contacted police. When the girl who witnessed the incident disclosed at the Children’s Advocacy Center what she had seen, she also revealed that Callahan had touched her the same way when she was 4 years old.
The other crime dates back to between 1997 and 1999, when Callahan was accused of molesting another girl in a similar way. The girl revealed the abuse during counseling.
Callahan also has a prior conviction for illegal discharge of a firearm. Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Authement and William Macke prosecuted the case.