Prairieville man arrested on aggravated rape charges
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said they arrested a man accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual acts with a juvenile on Wednesday.
Deputies received information stating that a 13-year-old girl was possibly being raped by Benjamin Tonguis, 37, over an undisclosed period of time.
When Tonguis was contacted by investigators, he admitted to detectives that he had fondled a juvenile several years ago and began engaging in sexual intercourse with the same juvenile several months ago.
Tonguis was arrested on Feb. 25 and charged with 16 counts of aggravated rape, 24 counts of aggravated crimes against nature and eight counts of sexual battery.
He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where bond has not been set.