Guardians who let Lousiana girl, 11, be raped for 4 years for money, drugs nabbed
Three people from eastern Louisiana were taken into custody for human trafficking and rape in connection with the alleged sex trafficking and abuse of an 11-year-old girl over a span of about four years. Law enforcement authorities have clarified the names of the three residents. They are Everett West, 41, Dina Guidry, 56, and Bobby Tisdale, 38. Two of these were parents or guardians of the girl.
All three were arrested and taken into police custody on Monday, November 8 after Vernon Parish authorities conducted a long probe into the sexual abuse accusations. Sheriff Sam Craft, who is overseeing the investigation stated that the victim conversed with investigators, department of Family Services workers and a pediatric physician so far. The abuse had happened several times from when the child was just 8 years old and continued till she was 11.
The sheriff added that the victim also said that the suspects were involved “in the rampant use” of illicit drugs within the house, as per KPLC-TV. Investigators concluded that the suspects gave sexual contact with the girl child to several people in exchange for money or illegal drugs. According to the sheriff, the victim told detectives that one of the major suspects, Guidry, was present on various occasions while she was being attacked.
The statements of the victim and suspects also suggest that Bobby Tisdale was involved in offering the child to various people in exchange for money and drugs. The victim also mentioned that there were three children living in the home and she along with other children faced numerous physical abuses. All of the children have been evacuated from the house by the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services and they have now been relocated to a safe environment.
The three suspects have been booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. The Sheriff’s Department published that Everett West has been imposed with a bond of $400,000 for his contribution to the crime of a juvenile, first-degree rape victim below the age of 13, and improper behavior with a juvenile. Dina Guidry has been imposed with a bond of $2,950,000 for shameful behavior with a juvenile, human trafficking, inappropriate supervision of a minor by a parent or guardian, adding to the misconduct of a juvenile, and four counts of first-degree rape victim below the age of 13. The third suspect, Bobby Tisdale, has been imposed with a bond of $3,100,000 for human trafficking, four counts of first-degree rape victim below the age of 13, inappropriate guidance of a minor by a parent or guardian, adding to the wrongdoing of a juvenile, and immoral act with a juvenile.
The sheriff Sam Craft told in an interview with reporters: “The investigation into the systemic abuse of this child is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. The safety and well-being of our young citizens are of the utmost importance. We will continue to diligently investigate, arrest and seek prosecution for those responsible for these types of reprehensible crimes."