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Washington Parish Grand Jury Indicts Two Men on Rape Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               August 31, 2017

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         August 25, 2017

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Aug. 11, 2017

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2017

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.