THIBODAUX – A
Thibodaux man formerly employed
by the Lafourche Parish
Sheriff’s Office pled guilty to
a charge of indecent behavior
with a juvenile prior to his
scheduled jury trial.
Trent Barrilleaux, 31, was charged
with the sexual battery of a juvenile in January of 2016.A felony jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, June 26 before the
defendant agreed to plead guilty.
“We always take these cases so
seriously, and the paramount consideration for us is always the well-being
of the victim,” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Richard, who
handled the case throughout its prosecution, from the initial screening and
charging decision through the plea rendered today.
“This was a very sensitive case, and
after full and lengthy discussions with our victim and her family, together
we decided that this was the best possible resolution.They (the victim and her family) wished to conclude this matter
without a trial, and we were able to accomplish that through this plea and
Barrilleaux was sentenced to seven
years in prison which was suspended, and placed on five years of supervised
probation.He will pay a fine of
$3,000 plus court costs, and will be required to perform 240 hours of
community service work.
Barrilleaux will further be required to register as a sex offender for
fifteen years, and to undergo sexual offender counselling.During the duration of his counselling, he is to have no contact with
non house-hold children under the age of 18, nor can he have any contact
with the victim in this matter during the period of his probation.
“We always stand with the victims of
crimes, particularly sexual offenses,” said District Attorney Camille A.
Morvant, II.“Any resolution of
a case prior to the trial requires that our victims and their families not
only understand the plea arrangement, but that they be satisfied with the
sentence, since they will be living with the consequences long after they
leave the courtroom.In this
case, that goal was met, and so we were willing to resolve this case with a