Vermilion

Feb 13, 2014 3:59 PM by Dave Fields

Opelousas man guilty of attempted forcible rape of teen in Kaplan library

A Vermilion Parish jury has convicted an Opelousas man of attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl in the Vermilion Parish Library in Kaplan, the Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court's office reported.

The jury, selected on Tuesday, convicted Christopher Brown, 23, of attempted forcible rape of a teenage girl who had entered the girls' restroom. Kaplan police said that, in 2011, Brown had grabbed the girl from behind and threw her to the ground, but the teen was able to resist Brown's attack.

The teen's mother expressed pride in the fact that her daughter kicked, screamed and even removed Brown's hands from her face.

"Moms, teach your kids to fight no matter what and to keep fighting and to keep screaming, it actually saved my daughter a lot more trauma than what could have been," she said. "Don't take for granted that just because you're from a small town it can't happen to you."

Kaplan Chief of Police Boyd Adams said Ed Poché, an off duty security guard, heard the girl screaming and ran to help her. He detained Brown until police arrived.

Brown could face a maximum of 40 years in prison. The sentencing process has been initiated, but a sentencing date has not been announced, the Vermilion deputy clerk said.

District Attorney Laurie Hulin prosecuted the case and Judge Ed Broussard presided. Linda Veazey defended Brown.

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