Special Report: Louisiana rape victim ordered to pay her rapist child support

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‘I had no idea she was 16, and I didn’t rape her. That is absolutely, unequivocally false,’ he said in an interview. 

Louisiana statutory rape laws apply if the victim is under 17, it doesn’t matter if the underage child consented. 

Advocacy groups get involved

‘All I have been trying to do is protect my daughter. There is no way in hell I have influenced seven very high-level organizations that are geared toward protecting children’s rights and safety into sweeping her claims of rape and child abuse under the rug,’ Barnes said. 

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According to Triche  “When I found out she was a rape victim, and this rapist could potentially get full custody, that’s when I stepped in and said something has to be done about this.” 

“She’s been forced to pay her perpetrator,” Triche added. “Forced to pay her rapist child support and legal fees and give up custody of the child that’s a product of the rape. It makes no sense.”

Sheriff’s office update

The Sheriff’s Office posted on Thursday that in reviewing Abelseth’s 2015 report, it discovered “it was not assigned to the proper department to be investigated.”

“Therefore, our department has dropped the ball, and we simply must own our mistake. This is a mistake, however, that simply has never been a problem before or since, and we must make sure to keep it that way.”

The sheriff’s office turned the case over to DA Scott Perrilloux of Louisiana’s 21st District.