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GUILTY VERDICT IN RICHLAND PARISH TRIAL
Posted on March 22, 2019 at 3:26 PM
Fifth District Attorney John M. “Mack” Lancaster announced that a Richland Parish jury convicted Henry Heath, age forty-five of Bastrop, of twenty counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. The jury rendered the verdict on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Lancaster advised that the allegations of indecent behavior with the juvenile were reported to Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office investigator in April 2017. The evidence showed that the defendant had begun engaging in indecent behavior with the juvenile in Morehouse Parish in December 2015. The conducted continued in Richland Parish in January 2016 and continued intermittently through the entire year of 2016. The juvenile was fifteen years of age when the conduct began.
Lancaster stated that each count of indecent behavior with a juvenile carries up to seven years in prison and requires registration as a sex offender. The defendant will be sentenced on May 15, 2019. Lancaster thank his assistant district attorney Doug Wheeler who prosecuted the case. He also thanked the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office for their work on the case and judge Steve Dean who presided over the trial and who will impose the sentence.
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