Louisiana woman and boyfriend arrested for raping 13-year-old child multiple times

Louisiana woman and boyfriend arrested for raping 13-year-old child multiple times
Ashley Romans and boyfriend Drew Farnell (Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office)

KEITHVILLE, LOUISIANA: A couple has been arrested and charged with first-degree rape after they allegedly sexually assaulted a child below 13 years of age at least twice. 26-year-old Ashley Romans and Drew Farnell, 29, have been charged with rape after their arrest early November, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) said. KTAL reported that Romans was taken into custody on November 6 and jailed at the Caddo Correctional Center after an investigation by CPSO.

A day later, on Saturday, November 7, her boyfriend Farnell was arrested by the US Marshal’s Task Force in Monroe on a Caddo Sheriff’s Office warrant. He was detained as a fugitive into the Ouachita Correctional Center and was pressed with first-degree rape and sexual battery charges in Caddo Parish. According to reports, his warrant was obtained by CPSO detectives after an accusation came to light during an investigation that he along with Romans participated in inappropriate behavior with a minor below 13 years of age twice or more than that. The exact age of the victim has not been revealed, in addition to their gender or relationship with the suspects.

In another incident, a school dinner lady was jailed for offering oral sex to a 12-year-old boy and sending him pictures of her breasts. Reports stated that Jayne Sewell not only sent several inappropriate text messages to the child but also told him that she wanted to be spanked. The 52-year-old contacted the victim via different social media platforms, like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, Cardiff crown court heard. The court was told by prosecutor Jeffrey Jones that the woman sent "clearly sexually graphic" to the victim, who also added that the texts were understandably meant for "seducing the boy". Sewell’s illegal activities came to light after the victim’s mother found the graphic messages on her son’s phone and then informed police about it.

Judge Recorder Paul Lewis awarded eight months in jail, suspended for two years to the woman after she pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child under 16. She was also ordered to register as a sex offender for five years. Lewis said to the woman that she missed the chance of going directly to the jail by a "hair's breadth", before blaming her for the "wholly inappropriate" messages. "Children have to be protected from predatory adults, and that is what I regard you as - a predatory adult,” the judge added. Along with the jail time,  Sewell has also been asked not to contact boys below 16 years of age.

Similarly, in late October, a Missouri student teacher was jailed for sending nudes to three minor boys and asking one of them repeatedly to have sex with her. Emily L Edson received four years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual misconduct with a child and one count of promoting child pornography in Vernon County Circuit Court. She was also reported to the police by the mother of one of the three 13-year-old boys, whom she had been sending inappropriate messages.

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