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Sunday, August 22, 2010

[LA] Deputy Lewellen was fired and charged after 6 year old family member told her teacher

Lafourche Parish Deputy David Lewellen, who has been charged with raping a 6-year-old family member, confessed to the crime and told investigators he was sexually abused as a child,

by WWLTV.com
Posted on August 10, 2010 at 9:26 PM
Updated Wednesday, Aug 11 at 4:55 PM
[Excerpts] A Lafourche Parish deputy is behind bars facing charges that he raped a 6-year-old girl, Sheriff Craig Webre said. Webre said 33-year-old David Lewellen has been charged with aggravated rape. Webre said the victim is a relative of Lewellen's, and the abuse started in late 2009... The victim reported the sexual actions to a teacher at school on Friday, triggering an investigation by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Webre said. Lewellen was arrested Tuesday evening. “Abuse of any child is a horrendous crime,” Webre said. “Anyone who takes advantage of a child is the most despicable criminal there is and the criminal justice system should deal with them as harshly as possible." Webre said detectives have reason to believe child pornography may also be involved... Lewellen faces life in prison if convicted of aggravated rape. [Full article here]

Says he was sexually abused as child.
Houma Today
By Raymond Legendre
August 12, 2010
[Excerpts] A Lafourche sheriff's deputy charged Tuesday with raping a 6-year-old family member confessed to the crime and told investigators he was sexually abused as a child, Sheriff Craig Webre said Wednesday. David Lewellen, who worked as a patrolman and correctional officer during two separate stints with the Sheriff's Office, is accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl that lasted from November until his arrest... Prosecutors can opt to seek the death penalty, though it is rarely done. Lewellen was moved to the St. John the Baptist Parish jail shortly after he was booked in Lafourche. He is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond... Authorities seized Lewellen's personal computer from his home Monday... Authorities will also probe the validity of Lewellen's allegations of his own abuse, and could bring charges against his attacker, if one exists, Webre said. At this point, sheriff's investigators do not have the name of that person. Reached by phone Wednesday night, a man who identified himself as Lewellen's father dismissed his son's claims of sexual abuse and his alleged confession. “He ain't said that,” said the man, who would not give his name. “Somebody's a (expletive) liar”... Lewellen and his wife were estranged, Webre said. The woman is identified in court papers as [A.F.]. The couple have three children, two boys and one girl. Lewellen sought a protective order against his then-girlfriend, [A.F.], in 2006, claiming she threatened to shoot him if came near her or their daughter, according to court papers. It was unclear what became of the protective order. “They've had a very troubled marriage,” Webre said... [Full article here]

Houma Today
By Raymond Legendre
Staff Writer
August 14, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Why the 33-year-old Thibodaux resident chose to reveal past sexual abuse when he was being interrogated about his own alleged crimes can be viewed two ways, sexual-abuse victims advocates said. One reason is he was trying to explain why he allegedly did what he did; the other is he could have been attempting to excuse his alleged behavior... Lewellen passed two separate psychological tests for the Sheriff's Office, and he never reported any prior mental illness, Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre said When an adult charged with a sex crime against a child reveals his own past sexual abuse, it is often viewed as an excuse. “Once people get out of being juvenile offenders, it's generally seen as a cop-out”... [Full article here]
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