Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent says, “This crime is unconscionable. There is nothing more disturbing to me than seeing innocent children exploited and molested."
Approximately two weeks ago, detectives received information from DCFS regarding a possible child sexual abuse case that occurred in St. Landry Parish in 2010. The initial information indicated that three young girls under the age of nine were forced to have sexual intercourse with eight adults at a residence in the Church Point area.
The investigation determined that in October of 2010, the three young girls were forced to have sexual intercourse with several family members and family friends. Detectives interviewed the victims and obtained additional independent evidence indicating the sexual abuse.
Based on this evidence, detectives secured arrest warrants for eight suspects. Early this morning, Troopers, assisted by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, Immigration Customs Enforcement, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, Point Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office, and United States Marshal’s Office, executed the warrants.
Right now detectives are still searching for 35-year-old Lawrence Ricks Jr. of Ventress. Ricks is wanted for aggravated rape (3counts) and aggravated incest (3 counts.) Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call State Police at 337-262-3341.
The following suspects were arrested at their residences and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail:
-57 year old John Stelly - charged with aggravated rape (3 counts), aggravated incest (3 Counts)
-55- year old Alice Stelly - charged with aggravated rape (3 counts), aggravated incest (3 Counts)
-30 year old Jennifer Stelly - charged with aggravated rape (3 counts), aggravated incest (3 Counts)
-52 year old Barry Giglio - charged with aggravated rape (3 counts)
-51 year old Marla Giglio - charged with aggravated rape (3 counts)
-42 year old Marty Blood - charged with aggravated rape (3 counts)
-26 year old Brandy Blood - charged with aggravated rape (3 counts)
DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson says, "DCFS worked in partnership with local and state law enforcement in this joint investigation, and our agency appreciates the efforts made to ensure that children who are victims of child predators are kept safe and those who prey on the innocent are swiftly arrested."
Edmonson continued, “I commend our partners at DCFS for recognizing the indicators of abuse and quickly acting to initiate an investigation. Partnerships such as this and those with local, parish, state and federal agencies make a difference as we collectively share personnel, resources, and training to ensure the children of Louisiana are safe.”
This case was a part of Operation Child Watch. The mission of Operation Child Watch is to rescue children from those individuals who prey on the innocence of a child. Troopers will continue to work with local law enforcement partners to locate and arrest these individuals.
If you know of anyone involved in the sexual exploitation of children, you are encouraged to call State Police HQ at 225-925-3682. Louisiana State Police also offers presentations on the dangers facing children who are online. If you would like a presentation, please call your local Troop Public Information Officer.