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Jun 9, 2010 6:48 AM

Man to be arraigned on child rape charge

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) A 47-year-old Plaucheville man indicted in May for aggravated rape of a child is scheduled to enter a plea in an Avoyelles Parish court on June 22.

The Alexandria Town Talk reports Russell Gagnard was charged with aggravated rape in connection with a 2009 incident in which he reportedly engaged in oral sex with a girl under the age of 13.

Authorities say Gagnard was arrested April 28, and was held in the Avoyelles Parish Jail until he was released on a $500,000 bond May 25.

Plaucheville police said the department was contacted in March by the mother of a 5-year-old girl. The mother accused Gagnard, a family member, of inappropriately touching the child.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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