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Arrests made in criminal sexual conduct case involving juveniles

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 15:58:38-04
Robert Michael Benjamin Boyd (PHOTO: RPSO)

RAPIDES PARISH, La. – Two people have been arrested in a criminal sexual conduct case involving juveniles.

On March 27, 2019, deputies responded to take a report of criminal sexual conduct involving juveniles that occurred in the Boyce area in Rapides Parish, according to Lt. Stephen Phillips, spokesperson for Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies took the initial report and detectives were assigned the case for the follow up investigation. Detectives identified Alexis Renea Blakely, 25, of the 1500 block of Lena Flatwoods Road, Lena and Robert Michael Benjamin Boyd, 36, of the 9000 Block of La Highway 1, Lena as suspects.

Through their investigation, including interviews of the victims at the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center, detectives were able to establish sufficient probable cause that supported the original allegations, Lt. Phillips stated. Warrants were granted for Blakely’s arrest in reference to six counts child desertion.

Alexis Renea Blakely (PHOTO: RPSO)

On April 22, Blakely was taken into custody in reference to her warrants and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail. Later the same day, she was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

Detectives continued their investigation and sufficient probable cause was established that supported the original allegations levied against Boyd, the spokesperson stated. Warrants were granted for Boyd’s arrest.

On Tuesday, June 4, a search warrant was executed at Boyd’s residence. Items of evidence were collected and Boyd was taken into custody. He was later booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on the following charges:

  • Four counts – trafficking of children for sexual purposes; victim under the age of 13
  • Four counts – molestation of a juvenile; victim under the age of 13
  • Four counts – sexual battery; victim under the age of 13
  • Four counts -obstruction of justice
  • One count – indecent behavior with juveniles; victim under the age of 13

Boyd currently remains at the detention center in lieu of posting a $380,000 bond.

Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are possible.