THIBODAUX – A Thibodaux
resident was sentenced to ten years in prison
for indecent behavior with a juvenile on the eve
of his scheduled jury trial Monday.
Stickel, 51, was scheduled to begin trial
Tuesday morning for aggravated rape, which
carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
"Our goal in prosecuting sex
crimes is to protect the public by removing the
offender from society for as long as possible,"
said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II.
"But in doing so, we can never overlook our
first priority, which is the welfare of our
victim. In this case, accepting a plea bargain
was the best way to accommodate both of those
Stickel, who was homeless and
living at a campsite at the time he committed
the crime in June of 2013, was accused of
assaulting the twelve-year old son of a family
he was friends with.
"Cases like this illustrate
the trauma that young victims experience when
they have to face a predator in court," said
First Assistant District Attorney Kristine M.
Russell, who prosecuted the case. "Just as every
case is different, so is every victim. They all
handle that trauma differently. Sometimes,
what’s best for the victim is to go forward with
trial, and sometimes it’s best to work things
out and avoid putting the victim on the stand."
Sentence was imposed on
Stickel by the Hon. John E. LeBlanc.