HOUMA, La. (WGNO) — A Houma man has been found guilty of sex crimes that spanned decades.
Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced on Friday, Feb. 2 that 62-year-old David Todd has been found guilty of forcible rape, two counts of aggravated incest and aggravated crimes against nature.
Court documents revealed that over several decades, Todd sexually abused multiple children. Two previous victims, who are now adults, suspected Todd was abusing another child and called police.
Officers said the tip led to Todd’s arrest.
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After the three-day trial, the jury took an hour for deliberations in which they delivered a unanimous guilty verdict.
Chief of Trials Jason Chatagnier released a statement on the information heard during the trial.
“The details of what these children endured over the years would turn the stomachs of
any normal person. We felt the evidence presented to the jury proved the defendant was a long-term sexual predator. We didn’t ask the jury for sympathy; we asked them for justice, and they gave the victims justice,” said Chatagnier.
One of Todd’s victims gave a written statement on the verdict.
“While our family would have loved for David to take responsibility for the disgusting actions that were endured by several victims across a span of decades of time, we are thankful that the jury weighed the facts and evidence that were presented and found him guilty of those crimes. Our family is thankful to the jury, Judge Robichaux, ADA Chatagnier, and the staff involved in trying this case. While the pain and trauma that David has caused will never go away, justice has been served with 4 guilty verdicts. Our family prays that the conviction of David for the crimes against the 3 victims who came forward will help others to see that it is ok to tell the truth and hold those who hurt you accountable, regardless of how much time has passed.”
Todd is currently awaiting sentencing.
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