Former Belle Chasse man pleads guilty to incest child abuse charges

Former Belle Chasse man pleads guilty to incest child abuse charges

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A former Belle Chasse resident pleaded guilty to incest child abuse charges on Wednesday for crimes committed between 1999 and 2000.

Matthew Todd Wallis, 30, pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse charges on Wednesday in Plaquemines Parish. He was living in Salt Lake City, Utah when he was arrested on August 13, 2014.

Plaquemines Parish deputies say that Wallis, 30, committed the crimes between 1999 and 2000 when he lived in Belle Chase. His residence was located in the 100 block of Brentwood Drive.

The investigation began in May 2014. Officers say they opened an investigation after a victim, a relative of the suspect, came forward. The victim alleged that she was forced to perform oral sex on Wallis and he would perform oral sex on her. The alleged abuse occurred when the victim was 4 or 5-years-old, police say.

During the course of the investigation, detectives say they discovered that the sexual acts were allegedly video recorded. Officers say that the video was discovered by Wallis' mother, who allegedly destroyed the video to "make this all just go away."

Investigators say they believe that a second victim came forward, confiding in a now-deceased priest at a church based in Harvey, Louisiana.

Appearing before a judge Wednesday, Wallis plead guilty to oral sexual battery, with no prior agreement to the sentence. A tentative sentencing date has been scheduled for March 25.

Sheriffs in Plaquemines Parish say they believe there still may be other victims. Sheriffs are urging other victims to come forward.

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