Posted: Apr 29, 2013 1:10 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 1:25 PM
A 15th Judicial District Court Judge quintupled the bail amount last week for an alleged child rapist, according to court records.
Conwell Cormier, 29, was initially charged with aggravated rape of a child younger than 12 years old.
The state asked for the bond revocation hearing, arguing that the original amount was set too low. After arguments were heard from Assistant District Attorney Jay Prather and defense attorney Kirk Piccione, Judge Kristian Earles raised the required bond from $200,000 to $1 million.
Cormier is also now facing an additional charge because he may have exposed the child to AIDS, according to Lafayette Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Capt. Kip Judice.
According to a family member, the victim is currently in counseling and will continue a regimen of HIV testing for at least the next 18 months.
Investigators say it happened in December in the 200 block of Beau Basin Road. The LPSO investigated for three months.
The Lafayette City Marshal's Office arrested Cormier on April 1.