Man pleads guilty in sex abuse case

Published 11:39 am Friday, October 9, 2015

George W. Stogner, 58, of Huntington, Texas, pled guilty Wednesday to four counts of forcible rape, one count of aggravated incest and two counts of aggravated oral sexual battery for abuse he committed while he was living in Bogalusa in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Officials with the Office of District Attorney Warren Montgomery said that District Judge Richard Swartz, Jr., sentenced Stogner shortly after his guilty plea. Stogner was sentenced to 40 years in prison without the benefits of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence on each of the forcible rape charges, 20 years on the aggravated incest charge, and 20 years on each of the aggravated oral sexual battery charges. All of the charges are to run concurrently.

Capt. Tommie Sorrell investigated the case while working for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sorrell now works as an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

The abuse came to light late last year, when Texas authorities began investigating allegations that Stogner sexually abused a 9-year-old girl there. During the investigation, an adult woman, also living in Texas, revealed that, beginning when she was about 9 years old, Stogner abused her multiple times. The abuse occurred over a period of years while they lived in Bogalusa and included inappropriate touching, as well as oral and sexual intercourse.

After hearing about the accusations against Stogner, a second woman came forward to reveal that he had sexually abused her, too, when she was a child living in Bogalusa. She said she was about 9 years old when he performed oral sex on her.

Stogner was extradited from Texas to Louisiana in January to face the charges, and he admitted to the allegations during questioning by Sorrell.