January 27, 2015 5:38 PM
NASHVILLE, TN - A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room. The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison. Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had... more »
January 23, 2015 11:49 AM
WAYNOKA, Okla. - An Oklahoma teacher has been suspended with pay after admitting to having sex with a male student, including inside the school teacher's lounge.
An anonymous tip led investigators to question and arrest 32-year-old Daresa Poe Tuesday on charges of sexual battery and second-degree rape.
Investigators... more »
January 22, 2015 10:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - School administrators fired a Scotlandville band instructor Friday who's accused of having sex with one of his students.
Deputies charged Robert M. Lewis, 30, with forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Thursday night. Lewis has been on paid leave since... more »
January 9, 2015 9:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The numbers of untested rape kits across the state are slowly coming in. The legislature passed a measure requesting them from all 421 law enforcement agencies in the state last year, to determine whether or not there is a backlog.
"There are lots of incidences in... more »
January 9, 2015 3:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University Police accused a 32-year-old Georgia man of raping a woman in the school's law library last semester.
SUPD said Shaboyd Cannon of Gray, Ga. surrendered Friday to an arrest warrant for forcible rape.
Investigators said on Aug. 20 Cannon forced himself on a... more »
January 8, 2015 11:08 AM
BATON ROUGE - The former star of the reality TV show Sons of Guns pleaded not guilty to rape charges today in Baton Rouge.
Will Hayden entered his plea to two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape. He was indicted on those charges back on... more »
January 5, 2015 12:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge man on aggravated rape charges after they said he admitted to sexual conduct with a 10-year-old he was babysitting.
Deputies charged 27-year-old Jerry Wayne Veal with aggravated rape after his arrest Sunday.
Investigators said the 10-year-old victim had... more »
December 22, 2014 4:13 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Two women in Denham Springs said they were treated poorly by police after they were raped by a group of men Saturday night.
The women said the night was supposed to be a date, but it ended horrifically when they were taken to an empty house... more »
December 13, 2014 10:12 AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Administrative policy may be the new pillow talk on college campuses across New York. A universal "affirmative consent" standard is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state's public university system. It spells out for students that only "yes" - not silence or... more »
December 12, 2014 11:22 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal grand jury has added drug charges to the state rape charges facing former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper. The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans announced Friday that Sharper now faces charges that he and a co-defendant - Brandon Licciardi - distributed three illegal... more »
December 9, 2014 1:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has directed a state crime victim's board to pay hospitals and health centers for sexual assault victims' medical exams. Jindal's executive order, issued Tuesday, is trying to keep victims from being charged for a forensic medical exam, billing that advocacy groups and lawmakers called... more »
December 8, 2014 2:51 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans has refused to block a news outlet from reporting on a police document about a rape case. State District Judge Kern Reese on Monday refused the city's request for an injunction against Nola.comThe Times-Picayune. The case involved a Texas woman who said... more »
December 5, 2014 9:33 PM
AMITE- A grand jury in Tangipahoa Parish indicted suspended Amite Police officer Grant Carruth, 25, on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated rape, and sexual battery related to two separate incidents with women he is accused of attacking after he handcuffed them.
Investigators originally said Carruth claimed to be... more »
November 23, 2014 2:07 PM
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey is the latest state to consider requiring colleges to define when "yes means yes" in an effort to stem the tide of sexual assaults. But whether the policy - known as affirmative consent - will reduce sexual assaults on campus remains unclear. States and universities... more »
November 21, 2014 4:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A woman says she was raped in New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities in a case among scores that the city's police department failed to properly investigate. The department is reeling from a city inspector general's report that found five detectives mishandled more than 1,000 sex crimes... more »
November 19, 2014 4:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sex crime investigators accused a Baton Rouge man this week of having sex with a middle school student this past summer.
Baton Rouge Police booked 23-year-old Joshua Jones into the parish jail on aggravated rape charges Wednesday.
Investigators said the victim told detectives the encounter... more »
November 18, 2014 12:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu promises hundreds of rape and child abuse cases that went largely ignored by five detectives over a three-year period will be reopened. On Tuesday, Landrieu announced a special team of police officers would reopen the cases. Last week, a city inspector general's audit charged... more »
November 10, 2014 10:50 AM
LABADIEVILLE - A judge signed an order Monday to bury a fetus that's been frozen in an Assumption Parish evidence room for six years, despite requests that it be buried.
Judge Guy Holdridge signed the order after a series of reports by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto about the status... more »
November 3, 2014 11:55 AM
LABADIEVILLE - The WBRZ Investigative Unit uncovered disturbing details about a 16-week-old fetus that has been jammed in a freezer for the past six years in Assumption Parish.
Tonight, the newly elected First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge is under fire over the case.
Judge Guy Holdridge presided... more »
October 15, 2014 4:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU Police asked for the public's help today finding the people responsible for a sexual assault that happened on the college campus more than a week ago.
LSUPD sent out a campus-wide email alert Wednesday which asked for tips in the case of a woman raped... more »
October 1, 2014 5:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Some crime at LSU saw a big jump last year as statistics released Wednesday show that sex crimes spiked during 2013.
A combination of two theories is suspected by LSU Police to help explain why the number of sex crimes spiked on the state's largest college... more »
October 1, 2014 11:17 AM
HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies accused an Amite City Police officer of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women in Tangipahoa Parish.
Deputies arrested Grant Carruth, 25, Tuesday on charges of second degree kidnapping, aggravated rape, sexual battery, and theft.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said his department has been investigating the... more »
September 27, 2014 2:09 PM
ASCENSION - A man, who is registered as a sex offender, is arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old Saturday morning.
Police arrested Albert Fleming, 30, from Donaldsonville. Witnesses reported to deputies they saw Fleming have sex with the 14-year-old who was staying over at the house.
Investigators later... more »
September 11, 2014 4:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Stephanie Hayden Ford, the daughter of 'Sons of Guns' star William Hayden, said on national television that her father inappropriately kissed and fondled her when she was a 12-year-old girl.
Ford made the accusation on the Dr. Phil show, saying she was "very afraid" of her... more »
September 8, 2014 7:51 PM
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA- A couple in Indiana is charged with keeping a woman as a sex slave for two months.
Ricky House, Jr. and Kendra Tooley face charges of rape, criminal confinement and kidnapping.
Authorities say House picked up the woman in July and took her to the couple's... more »
September 8, 2014 2:40 PM
LIVINGSTON- Reality TV show star William Hayden, who already faces sexual abuse charges in East Baton Rouge, now faces similar charges in neighboring Livingston Parish, deputies there released Monday.
A spokesperson said Hayden was charged with aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. The charges stem from an... more »
September 8, 2014 11:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies filed new charges of forcible rape Monday against William Hayden, the former star of reality TV show "Sons of Guns".
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said a 34-year-old woman told detectives Hayden raped her 22 years ago. Deputies said she was 12 at... more »
August 28, 2014 6:48 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State lawmakers have passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. The Senate unanimously passed SB967 on Thursday as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they... more »
July 31, 2014 12:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - A 22-year-old man accused of raping two women in the Tigerland area of Baton Rouge was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday.
The State Police Crime Lab linked Isai Efrain Garcia-Vazquez to the crimes with DNA evidence, according to BRPD.
Garcia-Vazquez was indicted on... more »
July 30, 2014 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - An alleged rape in Baton Rouge this past weekend has a victim advocate organization speaking out in the victim's defense.
Jacob Witz, 22, was booked on a count of forcible rape Saturday. He was accused of attacking a woman after meeting her on Tinder, a social-dating... more »
July 30, 2014 1:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said they arrested a man from Baker accused of engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile after the 11-year-old victim came forward on Tuesday.
An arrest warrant for Edward Hackett, 31, was issued the same day after detectives interviewed the girl who said the man... more »
July 29, 2014 7:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bond was increased Tuesday for a man accused of raping a woman he met on a smartphone dating app, jail records show.
Jacob Witz is charged with forcible rape and now has a $75,000 bond. After his arrest Saturday, it was set at $35,000.
Deputies arrested... more »
July 28, 2014 3:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Victims from a Sunday morning of terror in Baton Rouge are recalling what happened to them when they came face to face with Andre Young.
Young is accused of raping, robbing and shooting people in Baton Rouge over a four hour window Sunday morning.
It... more »
July 28, 2014 11:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge man accused of raping a woman he met through a social dating app.
Deputies charged Jacob Witz, 22, with forcible rape after his arrest Saturday.
Investigators said the victim contacted them and told them she met Witz using... more »
July 27, 2014 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police arrested a teen accused of going on a crime spree that involved three robberies, two women kidnapped and raped, two vehicles stolen, and one man shot early Sunday morning.
Officials say Andre Young, 19, and some other people robbed a woman on McClelland... more »
July 23, 2014 1:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he raped and sexually assaulted a young girl several times over the past four years.
Police booked Deon Bradford, 42, into the parish jail Wednesday on multiple charges of aggravated rape, sexual battery, and contempt of court.... more »
July 11, 2014 5:06 PM
WILSON - Police say there are warrants out for the arrest of two people connected to a child rape case.
Two men were arrested last night. Joe Loyd of Wilson and Darrell Anderson of Norwood are both accused of raping two children, ages three and six. Police plan to... more »
July 10, 2014 8:26 PM
WILSON - Two people have been arrested in connection with a child sex ring bust, the rural police department said late Thursday evening.
Joe Lloyd and Darrell Anderson face charges of aggravated rape of minor children, a department spokesperson said. The victims are three and six years old.
... more »
July 2, 2014 11:11 AM
SAVANNAH, GA - The FBI hopes to identify potential victims of a salesman accused of videotaping himself raping girls. Matthew Coniglio was arrested April 10 at his Georgia home on a child pornography charge. FBI Special Agent William Kirkconnell said investigators found 56 8-millimeter tapes showing Coniglio attacking girls who... more »
June 29, 2014 4:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man is in jail after police say he raped a child.
Jervernete George, 18, is accused of performing sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl.
Police say George took the victim to an abandoned house where the crime occurred.
He is charged... more »
June 26, 2014 3:50 PM
HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish are on the lookout for an Arkansas man wanted on two counts of forcible rape.
Information received from law enforcement in Luxora, Arkansas indicated that 64-year-old Willie Davis may be avoiding arrest by hiding out in Tangipahoa Parish.
Davis is about... more »
June 16, 2014 12:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - A judge set a $100,000 bond for the man accused of kidnapping two women from a Tigerland bar and raping them.
Authorities charged Isai Efrain Garcia-Vasquez, 22, with rape and second-degree kidnapping after his arrest Friday.
Investigators said Garcia-Vasquez met his victims at a local... more »
June 13, 2014 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested a man accused of raping two women, one as recent as a week ago, Friday morning.
BRPD placed Isai Efrain Garcia-Vazquez, 22, under arrest after they pulled him over for a broken brake light on Perkins Road.
... more »
June 2, 2014 4:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said they arrested a man accused of attempting to rape a 15-year-old at gunpoint Sunday.
Law enforcement charged 44-year-old Johnnie Pearson with attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated rape and kidnapping charges. He also faces charges for carrying a firearm as he was convicted of manslaughter... more »
May 27, 2014 4:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of battery and rape early Monday morning.
Police said 53-year-old Richard Hughes, Jr. punched his girlfriend in the back of the head and grabbed her by the hair after she refused to perform sex acts on him.
... more »
May 22, 2014 3:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sex crimes investigators in East Baton Rouge Parish arrested a man after they said paternity tests showed he impregnated a 12-year-old girl.
Baton Rouge Police arrested Roderick Spurlock, 30, on suspicion of an aggravated rape which authorities said happened in 2011.
Investigators said the victim... more »
May 20, 2014 3:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said a woman credited police intervention with helping her get away from a man who tried to rape her in Baton Rouge.
Investigators accused James Percy Fort, 32, of attempted aggravated rape and sexual assault.
According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to... more »
May 7, 2014 3:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he raped a six-year-old girl while her mother was not home.
Police booked ODerra Holmes into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on aggravated rape charges Tuesday.
Investigators said the girl's mother told them she'd left... more »
April 17, 2014 6:55 AM
PHOENIX, AZ- Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will return to a Phoenix courtroom Thursday to question the evidence being used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women. A judge began a hearing on the subject Wednesday, and... more »
April 14, 2014 1:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge man after they said he raped a woman, and the victim recorded the incident on her cell phone.
Deputies accused Joshua Paul Thompson, 31, of rape and false imprisonment Sunday.
Investigators said Thompson threatened the victim with death... more »
April 4, 2014 12:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge arrested a man on charges of rape and battery.
Police say Terry Selvage chased the victim into the bathroom when she tried to get away from him, and then Selvage kicked her into the bathtub where he began to beat her.
... more »
March 14, 2014 2:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man accused of raping a four year-old girl in Baton Rouge, is now behind bars.
Police say 46 year-old Troy Lee had sex with the victim, while the two were in the bathroom of a home Lee was visiting.
Lee was booked into the East... more »
March 13, 2014 12:36 PM
LOS ANGELES - A judge says former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail now that authorities in Arizona have charged him with sexually assaulting two women. Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ruled Thursday that the charges filed in Tempe, Ariz., are a valid reason... more »
March 10, 2014 4:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A man booked on two aggravated rape charges in a New Orleans case also involving former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper posted a $400,000 bond, but was immediately arrested again for an outstanding traffic ticket.
Erik Nunez, 26, posted bond Monday morning and was preparing to... more »
March 7, 2014 2:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS- A New Orleans arrest warrant says detectives learned from witnesses that former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper and an associate acknowledged they had non-consensual sex with two women. The warrant was released by New Orleans police on Thursday in an investigation of Sharper and associate Erik Nunez. The... more »
March 2, 2014 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - The pastor of a Baton Rouge church has been arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman who, authorities said, had sex with the man at her father's request. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old David "Scott" Lemley, pastor of New Harmony Baptist... more »
March 2, 2014 1:25 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A California jury has awarded a woman $5.4 million after finding that she was raped in the restroom of a West Hollywood nightclub by an employee of the establishment. The woman's attorney says the civil jury reached the award Friday after a 15-day trial in Santa... more »
February 28, 2014 11:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A man accused in two rapes in a case involving former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper turned himself into police Friday morning.
26 year old Erik Nunez was booked on two counts of aggravated rape. Both he and Sharper are accused in incidents that took... more »
February 14, 2014 3:01 PM
SLIDELL- A registered sex offender, just released from prison a month ago, is behind bars again for raping a 13 year-old girl in Slidell.
Detectives say 23 year-old Bert Jones, AKA Daniel Jones, held the girl down and raped her.
Jones had just served 4 years behind... more »
February 14, 2014 2:15 PM
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says former NFL defensive back Darren Sharper has been charged with drugging and raping two women. A district attorney's statement says Sharper will be arraigned Friday on two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a... more »
February 5, 2014 12:23 PM
ZACHARY - Sheriff's deputies accused a Zachary man of raping a family member Wednesday.
Detectives booked Roman Vandiver, 30, into the parish jail on suspicion of simple forcible rape.
Investigators said the victim went to an emergency room on Jan. 29 and told hospital staff she'd been raped.... more »
January 18, 2014 2:38 PM
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Department says former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape. LAPD says Sharper was arrested and booked Friday and faces a Feb. 14 court appearance. LAPD says it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults... more »
December 31, 2013 2:13 PM
PIERRE PART- A man accused of raping a 9 year-old girl in Assumption Parish, is now behind bars.
Detectives say 56 year-old Brent Zeller, of Pierre Part, sexually assaulted the girl while she was visiting his home. She later returned to the home of her grandparents and told them... more »
December 11, 2013 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A woman wanted in connection with a rape case involving a 12-year-old girl has been caught.
Deputies said Jessica Carr was arrested off Plank Road Wednesday.
"She was taken into custody without incident and booked," East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said.... more »
December 9, 2013 4:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU Police released a photo of the man wanted for the alleged rape of a 21-year old woman during the LSU and Texas A&M game.
Investigators said the rape occurred in a portable toilet between Francioni Hall and the Food Science Building. When the victim reported the... more »
December 6, 2013 9:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - After the repeated rape of a 12-year-old girl by several adults, child advocates have come forward to offer guidance for all sexual abuse victims on their road to recovery.
Racheal Hebert, the Executive Director of the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (S.T.A.R.), has seen many victims... more »
December 5, 2013 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - On Thursday, authorities said a woman became the sixth person tied to the repeated rape of a 12-year-old girl.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies said they're looking for 22-year-old Jessica Carr of Baton Rouge. Carr and five other men are accused of raping the 12-year-old girl.... more »
November 25, 2013 9:57 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Deputies in Iberville Parish booked a man on rape charges, twenty years after the attack Monday night.
Bernie Metrejean was booked in to jail after he was arrested in St. Martin Parish on drug charges. His DNA matched the rape case.
Investigators believe Metrejean picked up a... more »
October 21, 2013 7:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU police have arrested a 21-year-old man accused of raping a student in her dorm room on LSU's campus on Oct. 6.
Aaron Carrington Cade was booked last week on counts of simple rape.
The victim told police Cade allegedly forced himself on her, despite... more »
October 16, 2013 8:48 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Four former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping an unconscious female student are due in court for a discussion date. The Wednesday hearing likely will focus on housekeeping matters like the dates of future hearings. The four players charged in the June 23 rape are safety Cory Batey,... more »
September 30, 2013 10:08 PM
ROSELAND- The final person wanted for a violent attack on a 13-year-old girl in a trailer known as "The Trapper" turned himself in to authorities Monday evening.
The police department said Tevin Smith surrendered as officers were planning to go after him.
Smith and five others are accused... more »
September 30, 2013 2:07 PM
Lake Charles- A Louisiana sheriff says the wife of a man accused of killing a pastor filed a rape complaint against the preacher two days before he was killed. However, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Monday that investigators are trying to determine whether the woman's relationship with the pastor... more »
September 27, 2013 11:47 AM
JENA - A sheriff's deputy in LaSalle Parish has been arrested on forcible rape and domestic battery charges.
State police investigators arrested Clarence Breland Jr. today. Trooper Scott Moreau says Breland is being held at the LaSalle Parish Detention Center without bond. State police have not released any details... more »
September 24, 2013 10:15 PM
ROSELAND- People in this small, central Tangipahoa Parish town are dealing with a heinous crime; six young men accused of gang raping a 13-year-old girl.
Two have been arrested, three juveniles face processing through the parish's juvenile detention program, and a sixth is at large after the crime days... more »
September 20, 2013 10:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- An LSU law student faces additional charges related to a rape investigation.
Deputies said Friday, Abdellatif Devol raped his victim an additional time at her apartment after the initial attack and added more rape charges. Devol was already in jail for the first charge.
Investigators believe... more »
September 19, 2013 12:05 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of the two Ohio high school football players convicted this year of raping a 16-year-old girl is appealing his sex-offender classification. A judge gave 17-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond the state's second-toughest classification, meaning he has to register as a sex offender every six months for 20 years.... more »
September 18, 2013 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a man at the LSU Law School today after he was accused of raping a woman.
According to an arrest warrant, investigators accused Abdellatif De Vol of forcible rape for the incident on Sept. 14.
The warrant said De Vol brought a woman... more »
September 11, 2013 4:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A 16-year-old boy, the youngest of three teenagers charged in the rape, abduction and robbery of a woman in New Orleans' Garden District earlier this year, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Sheldon Jefferson also agreed to testify against... more »
September 10, 2013 11:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- An accused rapist from Dallas was questioned overnight at the Violent Crimes Unit in Baton Rouge.
Dallas Police said Van Draylan Dixson is suspected of nine rape cases in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Dixon's DNA connects him to four of those rapes so far. He fled Texas... more »
September 10, 2013 3:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- The US Marshals nabbed a man here who is suspected of raping four women in Texas.
Van Draylan Dixson, 38, was arrested about 2 p.m. Tuesday at a motel on Florida Boulevard after Marshals learned he was in the area and had arrived on a bus.
... more »