May 23, 2011 2:37 PM by Press Release
UPDATE- St. Landry Parish- This afternoon, the final suspect wanted in a child molestation case turned himself in to Louisiana State Police detectives and deputies with the United States Marshal's Office. Lawrence Ricks Jr. (W/M, age 35) of Ventress, LA, was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for aggravated rape (3 counts) and aggravated incest (3 counts.)
May 20, 2011
Joint Investigation Leads to Multiple Child Molestation Arrests
Church Point - Louisiana State Police Detectives assigned to the Lafayette Field office arrested seven suspects on charges of aggravated incest and aggravated rape, and are still looking for one suspect. These arrests occurred earlier today and stem from a joint investigation between State Police and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Approximately two weeks ago, detectives received information from DCFS regarding a possible child sexual abuse case that occurred in St. Landry Parish in 2010. The initial information indicated that three young girls under the age of nine were forced to have sexual intercourse with eight adults at a residence in the Church Point area.
"This crime is unconscionable. There is nothing more disturbing to me than seeing innocent children exploited and molested," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "We will continue to locate and arrest any individual who preys on that innocence. Child molestation is a horrible, heinous act and there is no place in a civilized society for such appalling actions."
The investigation determined that in October of 2010, the three young girls were forced to have sexual intercourse with several family members and family friends. Detectives interviewed the victims and obtained additional independent evidence indicating the sexual abuse. Based on this evidence, detectives secured arrest warrants for eight suspects. Early this morning, Troopers, assisted by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, Immigration Customs Enforcement, St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, Point Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office, and United States Marshal's Office, executed the warrants.
The following suspects were arrested at their residences and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail:
John Stelly (W/M, age 57) of Church Point - aggravated rape (3 counts), aggravated incest (3 Counts)
Alice Stelly (W/F, age 55) of Church Point - aggravated rape (3 counts), aggravated incest (3 Counts)
Jennifer Stelly (W/F, age 30) of Ville Platte - aggravated rape (3 counts), aggravated incest (3 Counts)
Barry Giglio (W/M, age 52) of Ville Platte - aggravated rape (3 counts)
Marla Giglio (W/F, age 51) of Ville Platte - aggravated rape (3 counts)
Marty Blood (W/M, age 42) of St. Landry - aggravated rape (3 counts)
Brandy Blood (W/F, age 26) of St. Landry - aggravated rape (3 counts)
Currently detectives are still searching for Lawrence Ricks Jr. (W/M, age 35) of Ventress. Ricks is wanted for aggravated rape (3counts) and aggravated incest (3 counts.) Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call State Police at 337-262-3341.
"DCFS worked in partnership with local and state law enforcement in this joint investigation, and our agency appreciates the efforts made to ensure that children who are victims of child predators are kept safe and those who prey on the innocent are swiftly arrested," said DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson. "Sexual abuse creates lasting effects in victims, often manifesting in psychological problems that affect all aspects of the victim's life from childhood into adulthood. The long-term consequences of child sexual abuse make it imperative for cases of such abuse to be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities."
Edmonson continued, "I commend our partners at DCFS for recognizing the indicators of abuse and quickly acting to initiate an investigation. Partnerships such as this and those with local, parish, state and federal agencies make a difference as we collectively share personnel, resources, and training to ensure the children of Louisiana are safe."
This case was a part of Operation Child Watch. The mission of Operation Child Watch is to rescue children from those individuals who prey on the innocence of a child. Troopers will continue to work with local law enforcement partners to locate and arrest these individuals. If you know of anyone involved in the sexual exploitation of children, you are encouraged to call State Police HQ at 225-925-3682. Louisiana State Police also offers presentations on the dangers facing children who are online. If you would like a presentation, please call your local Troop Public Information Officer.