Raceland couple accused in rape, abuse of young children - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Raceland couple accused in rape, abuse of young children

Updated:
RACELAND, LA (WVUE) -

A Raceland couple has been arrested in connection with the physical abuse of four children and the rape of three, all younger than 13.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office first came to the home in the 300 block of Greenville St., Raceland to look into a case of physical child abuse.

"When deputies arrived on scene, they could see visible bruising on the child. Immediately [we] called out juvenile detectives who opened up an investigation. [They] realized that there were three other children involved in potential physical abuse," said Deputy Brennan Matherne with the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation showed the abuse had been going on for awhile.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says not only did Brandy Triche, 27, and her boyfriend, 30-year-old Christopher Gaudet, hit and punch the four children, Gaudet is also accused of forcing three of them to engage in sexual acts with him.

Deputies say all four kids were under 13.

"These types of investigations with children seem to be the toughest," said Matherne. "You have to relive the events with the children and then talk to the offenders involved. It can be very difficult."

The Sheriff's Office would not say if the children were related to Triche or Gaudet. All four are now in the custody of Louisiana Child and Family Services. Triche faces four counts of cruelty to a juvenile with force. She's being held on a $50,000 bond. Gaudet faces the same charges, plus three additional counts of aggravated rape. His bond was set at $350,000.

Both are being held at the LaFourche Parish Jail.

Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved. 

  • Sign up for emails from FOX 8 Live

    Get news and forecasts from FOX 8 delivered to your inbox by signing up for the lists below.

    * denotes required fields




    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 8 WVUE-TV
Louisiana Media Company, LLC.
1025 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125

General Number: (504) 486-6161
News Tips: (504) 483-1503
News Room Fax: (504) 483-1543

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVUE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
WVUE's Public Inspection File can now be accessed online. To access the online public inspection file click here: https://stations.fcc.gov/station-profile/wvue-dt.