GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A Gretna truck driver has been arrested, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in the sleeper compartment of his truck.
Peter James Wilson, 29, has been charged with forcible rape following an investigation by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.
Officers say that the incident happened on July 16. The suspect allegedly contacted the victim via a smartphone application and arranged to meet her at a fast-food restaurant in the 3600 block of General DeGaulle Drive in Algiers.
Wilson allegedly picked up the teen, driving her to a construction site on the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, according to deputies. Officers say the two drove to the location in Wilson's 18-wheeler to deliver a load of material.
While on the grounds, deputies say Wilson forced the 14-year-old into the sleeper compartment of the truck and forced her to have sex. The victim reportedly told Wilson to stop several times, but the suspect put his hand over her mouth, according to deputies. Officers say Wilson dropped the victim off at the same Algiers restaurant early the next morning.
The victim, accompanied by several relatives, reported the incident on July 20. The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office launched an investigation.
Detectives say Wilson admitted to communicating with the victim via a smartphone app, but denied seeing the victim in person.
However, investigators say that the victim was able to describe the interior of Wilson's truck in "precise detail." Officers say the truck's manifest records confirmed the movements of the truck that had been reported by the victim.
Surveillance video from the Algiers restaurant also showed Wilson meeting with the victim on July 16, detectives say, and departing with her moments later.
An arrest warrant was issued for Wilson, but initial attempts to locate him were unsuccessful.
On August 6, Wilson was arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for his outstanding warrant. He was transported to Belle Chasse Lockup where he was booked on August 6. He remains jailed on a $250,000 bond.
Deputies say he refused to provide a statement or cooperate with the investigation.