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Slidell Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Battery Of 4-year-old and Producing Child Porn


Nov. 30, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that William Harvey Watson, 24, of Slidell, pleaded guilty as charged Monday (Nov. 27) to all charges, including sexual battery of a victim under 13, as well as 250 counts of possession of child pornography and 27 counts of production of child pornography of a victim under 13.

District Judge Reginald Badeaux sentenced Watson to 30 years in prison on the sexual battery charge and 25 years in prison on each of the other charges, with all of the sentences to be served at the same time.

In February of this year, when Watson was left briefly to babysit a 4-year-old girl, he touched her vagina in a sexual way, took off her clothes, and posed her for sexually explicit photos. He confessed to touching the girl and to having a sexually transmitted disease. The child’s mother became suspicious when she returned home after a short time away, found the door of her home unusually locked, and it took Watson several minutes to open the door. Once inside, the mother discovered her daughter’s clothing was disheveled and turned inside out. After questioning by the mother, the girl described what happened.

During its investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office got a search warrant for Watson’s electronic devices, where they found 473 images and 10 videos of child pornography. A majority of the images and videos were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as known child victims. All of the images and videos were of children under 13 and most were of children under age five.

Watson admitted to being sexually attracted to children and downloading the illegal material to attempt to satisfy those urges. While searching the computer, the Sheriff’s Office also found several pornographic images of an 8-month-old girl, whom Watson had posed for sexually explicit photos. During the investigation, Watson admitted to previously getting in trouble years earlier for sexually abusing an 18-month-old girl in Texas.

Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford, who prosecuted the case, and the victim’s family urged the court to give Watson the maximum possible sentences of 99 years in prison on the sexual battery and production of child pornography charges and 40 years on the possession of child pornography charges. After Badeaux sentenced Watson to a maximum of 30 years, Alford filed a motion, asking the judge to increase the sentence.

Bogalusa Man Indicted on Second Degree Murder, Armed Robbery


Nov. 29, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Dakeithan D. Matthews, 22, of Bogalusa, Tuesday (Nov. 28) on charges of second degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm.

Matthews is accused of shooting to death Jon Kelly Smith, of Lumberton, Mississippi, and using the handgun to rob another victim on July 1 of this year.


Pearl River Man Indicted on Rape and Hundreds of Child Porn Charges; His Wife Also Charged  


Nov. 20, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted David Allen Hammond, Jr., 39, of Pearl River, Thursday (Nov. 16) on first degree rape, sexual battery of a victim under 13, oral sexual battery, 500 counts of production of pornography involving juveniles, and 300 counts of pornography involving juveniles under 13. Hammond’s charges also include distribution/possession with the intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles.

Hammond’s wife, Melissa Mary Hammond, 33, of Slidell, also was indicted on indecent behavior with a juvenile victim under 13, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and seven counts of production of pornography involving juveniles.

Both were charged with obstruction of justice.

The rape occurred between Nov. 20, 2015, and Dec. 9, 2016, the same time frame as most of the charges. Most of the charges against the couple involve the same victim.

Franklinton Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping, Rape in Home Invasion


Nov. 17, 2017

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Deonta Miller, 18, of Franklinton, pleaded guilty Tuesday (Nov. 14) to second degree rape, second degree kidnapping, and aggravated burglary in a home invasion last year in Franklinton.

Miller, whose trial was set to begin Tuesday, was sentenced by District Judge William Knight to a maximum of 40 years on the rape charge, 20 years on the kidnapping charge, and 20 years on the burglary charge, with all of the sentences to be served at the same time.

In December last year, Miller posed as a delivery man and gained entry into the victim’s home, where he stole a large number of guns and other valuables. He also forced the female victim to drive her car, full of the stolen goods, onto a desolate road and raped her. He then got the vehicle stuck in a ditch, and the victim escaped when he fled into the woods.

The evidence showed that an accomplice helped plan and execute the crimes. The alleged accomplice, Robert Lester, died while awaiting trial on the matter in jail.

Assistant District Attorney Lewis Murray prosecuted this case.

Pearl River Man Convicted of Robbery for April Crime Spree


Nov. 10, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Elliott W. Galloway, 43, of Pearl River, of two counts of first degree robbery and one count of attempted simple robbery for a crime spree he committed in April. Galloway, a multiple offender, faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 14 by District Judge Peter Garcia.

The first crime occurred at the Purple Cow convenience store and gas station just after midnight on April 15 this year, when Galloway entered the store and demanded money from the cash register, while placing his hand in his sweatshirt. Fearing he had a gun, the clerk handed over the money and, after Galloway fled, called 9-1-1.

Later that morning, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report that a suspect, later identified in a lineup as Galloway, had attempted to rob the RaceTrac convenience store and gas station between 4 a.m. and 4:15 a.m. Witnesses described the suspect and the car he was driving, and while searching for the vehicle, officers got a call about a third robbery at the Circle K in Slidell.

The Circle K robbery occurred about 4:19 a.m., when Galloway approached the counter, ordered the clerk to give him all the money in the register or he would start killing people. As the clerk put the money in a bag, Galloway ordered her not to call the police right away, put his hand in his pocket, and threatened her again. Deputies later arrested Galloway, slouched in the seat of a car matching the description provided by victims. His door was open, he was parked near another gas station, and he actively resisted as officers tried to arrest him. A pocket knife was recovered from the seat of the car.

The Pearl River Police Department, Slidell Police Department, and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office all participated in the investigation.

In unusual testimony during the trial, Galloway admitted to the robberies and to threatening to kill the clerk, but he claimed he never implied he had a gun. He also said he’d spent 17 years of his life in jail. Galloway’s prior convictions include first degree robbery in 1997, obscenity in 2003, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2009, methamphetamine possession in 2009, heroin possession in 2010, aggravated assault in 2016, as well as a hit and run and two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated.  Galloway blamed his drug and alcohol use for his troubles and said he would live longer in prison.

The jury deliberated for an hour, including a lunch break, before returning the guilty verdict. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement prosecuted the case.

Mandeville Man Pleads Guilty to Molesting Two Girls

Nov. 9, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Adam Parenti, 44, of Mandeville, pleaded guilty Monday (Nov. 6) to one count of molestation of a juvenile and two related sex offenses. District Judge Reginald Badeaux sentenced Parenti to 25 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

One of the victims was 12 years old in August 2012, when Parenti began assaulting her.  The sexual abuse included buying her sex toys, forcing her to use them in his presence, and eventually using them on her. He molested a second 15-year-old victim in a similar way between May and December of 2013. He also forced the children to ingest narcotics and drink alcohol.

Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford prosecuted the case.


Former Memory Care Facility Cook Sentenced to 12 Years for Rape


Nov. 8, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jerry Kan, 59, a former cook at a memory-care facility in Mandeville, was sentenced Wednesday (Nov. 8) to 12 years in prison for raping a woman who lived there. District Judge William Burris ordered that Kan serve the sentence for third-degree rape without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

A St. Tammany Parish jury found Kan guilty of the crime Aug. 10. The jury rejected Kan’s claim that he had consensual sex in August 2016 with the woman, who was 78 years old at the time. She had been diagnosed with dementia and placed by her family in Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living.

In a statement recorded by police, 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 and returned a unanimous guilty verdict.

Assistant District Attorneys William Macke and Jerry Smith prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Detective Kevin Covert of the Mandeville Police Department.

Montgomery’s Team Takes First Place at “Men Who Cook” Fundraiser

District Attorney Warren Montgomery teamed with The Shack restaurant, 1204 W. 21st Ave., Covington, for the annual “Men Who Cook” fundraiser Sunday and walked away with the first place “Judges’ Choice” award. The award-winning dish, prepared by co-owner and chef Thomas LoPresti, was brisket machaca over creamy provolone polenta. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center-Hope House, a nonprofit group that offers free services to victims of child abuse. Congratulations Team Shack, which also included the restaurant’s co-owner Dean Thomas!

Mandeville Man Gets 30 Years in Prison for Molesting Three Girls


Nov. 8, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Dwayne Callahan, 55, of Mandeville was sentenced Monday (Nov. 6) to 30 years in prison for the sexual battery of a victim under 13 and 10 years each for two counts of molestation of a juvenile. The sentences are to be served at the same time.

A St. Tammany Parish jury found Callahan guilty of the charges May 24, and he was sentenced by District Judge William J. Burris.

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 molestation charge 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.

Slidell Man Gets Life in Prison for Raping 6-Year-Old Girl


Nov. 3, 2017

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jack Conklin, 61, of Slidell, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday (Nov. 2) for the aggravated rape of a 6-year-old girl. District Judge August Hand also sentenced Conklin to 50 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence for sexual battery of a victim under 13 and 50 years for production of pornography. All of the sentences are to be served at the same time.

In issuing the sentence, Hand called Conklin a “predator” and said this was the worst case of this type that he has seen in all of his years on the bench. A St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Conklin of the three charges Sept. 15 at the conclusion of a trial.

The victim was 6 years old when Conklin raped her and took explicit photos of her beginning in December 2012 through about 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 received 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, and they were able to seize cameras, computers, and other electronic equipment from Conklin’s home. The officers also 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. The officers also found binoculars and multiple computers and cameras, which were examined by the agency’s crime lab. Technicians recovered 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.