Man booked on rape charges after teen breaks three year silence
BATON ROUGE - A man is behind bars for rape charges after his 13-year-old victim broke several years of silence to come forward and tell authorities about the crimes the man had allegedly committed.
28-year-old Jermaine Winchester was booked into the parish prison on charges of aggravated rape and indecent behavior.
The victim told Baton Rouge Police Department Special Victim’s Unit detectives that the rape happened two to three years ago while she was visiting her cousin’s residence on N. Ardenwood Street. When she was in bed trying to go to sleep, the man entered the bedroom, raped her and told her he would kill her if she told anyone about what had taken place.
Police said the victim ended up telling her aunt about the incident after she was disciplined for “acting out” by not wanting to go to school. The victim’s aunt told detectives that the girl was having behavioral issues, but after the she disclosed the incident, she returned to her “normal self.”
The arrest was made following the victim’s statement and positive identification of Winchester by the victim’s cousin as an ex-boyfriend.