Parish man arrested for alleged rape of juvenile

Published 10:10 am Friday, April 28, 2017

A Franklinton man was arrested this week, in connection with an alleged rape of a juvenile that took place in March.

Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office said that the WPSO was notified about sexual abuse of a minor female on March 16. Patrol deputies responded and gathered initial information, then turned the investigation over to the detective division.

After forensic interviews and exams, detectives were able to determine that LaQuincy Donshae Stewart, 20, a resident of Vernon School Road north of Franklinton, had forcibly raped a 14-year-old girl, Haley said. A warrant was obtained for Stewart’s arrest.

On Wednesday, Stewart, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is in the Washington Parish Jail charged with two counts of forcible rape, and his bond has been set at $125,000.

“I can’t say enough about the good work of our patrol deputies and detectives,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “They work hard to solve crimes in our parish and put criminals in jail. While we go about our daily activities of work, school, shopping and whatever else we do, our officers are diligently working to protect us and to solve crimes.

“This includes the fine jail staff that have to manage the worst segment of our population 24 hours per day. Our Sheriff’s Office staff is top-notch.”

Due to the nature of this crime, and to protect the identity of the juvenile, no further information will be provided, Haley said.