Galliano man says he had sex with juveniles

Galliano man says he had sex with juveniles

LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Authorities say a 27-year-old man admitted he had sexual conduct with three juveniles over a four-year period.

Joseph Duplantis IV was booked with aggravated rape, molestation of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Authorities say Duplantis was arrested on Friday at his Galliano home without incident.

"These are horrendous crimes, and I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These young victims have suffered unspeakable harm, but I applaud their braveness to come forward to help bring this criminal to justice," Golden Meadow Police Chief Reggie Pitre said.

Duplantis is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond in the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.

"Most people cannot fathom something like this occurring within our community, nor would they want to," Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said. "I, too, thank the victims for their courage to come forward to help put this man behind bars to prevent him from victimizing others."

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