Man identified as Baton Rouge pastor booked on rape charges
BATON ROUGE - A man, identified as a pastor in a police report, was booked into jail Friday on aggravated rape charges.
Police wrote in an arrest report, Darrell Ranel had sex with an 11-year-old at least twice in 2014. The victim, who is now 12, told a hospital worker in New Orleans about the attacks. The worker alerted Baton Rouge Police.
Investigators wrote, the child said she was raped by Ranel at his house on Cunard Avenue, off Highway 19 near Thomas Road. The victim did not report the attacks until April 2015.
The child said Ranel was in a relationship with her mother at one time and was a pastor, but it was unclear where he preached.
In the report, police said the hospital worker told them the child was too distraught to talk about what happened at first. Instead, she drew pictures and labeled images as body parts to describe what happened. Eventually, the worker said, the child started speaking about what happened.
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