Mouton could be charged as habitual offender
BATON ROUGE- The man accused in a string of home invasions and sexual assaults pleaded not guilty to charges against him.
Vorris Mouton is accused of five home invasions and three sexual assaults reported across Baton Rouge in the months of December 2013 and January 2014. According to a bill of information filed against Mouton, he broke into at least three homes and sexually assaulted people inside.
Mouton faces 12 charges in all: unauthorized entry of a place of business, four counts of aggravated burglary, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, three counts of sexual battery, two counts of simple kidnapping, and aggravated battery.
Rick Nelson lives in the same area as one of the victims who was sexually assaulted.
"Scary enough," Nelson said. "Right down the street from me. It's not the most comforting thing."
District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office could seek the habitual offender provision against Mouton.
"Habitual offenders significantly impact and enhance any possible sentence which would be significant in this case," Moore said.
Right now, Mouton's bond is set at $350,000. A hearing is scheduled to increase that bond in May. Mouton is also being held on a parole hold for violating his parole in previous conviction.