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Louisiana sheriff’s deputy facing rape charge

February 6, 2020 GMT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in southwest Louisiana was fired and arrested on rape charges involving three girls ages 6 to 9, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says David P. Monceaux, 33, a former corrections officer at the parish jail, was arrested Wednesday on seven counts of first-degree rape and 30 counts of sexual battery.

Monceaux, from the town of Iowa, was being held with bond set at $2.5 million.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso told KPLC-TV on Wednesday that there is no indication of other victims. He encouraged anyone with more information to come forward.

Mancuso urged parents to speak to their children about such crimes.

“It’s not pleasant for any of us to talk about, we don’t want to talk about it. I think it disgusts all of us. But if you don’t talk to them about it then they may be ashamed and tell anybody,” said Mancuso.

He said his office has seen a rise in sex crimes compared to other offenses, which he attributed to more people stepping forward to identify abusers.

Online records for Monceaux were not available Thursday. It was unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf or when he will enter a plea.