Slidell man convicted of attempted rape of 5-year-old girl

Slidell man convicted of attempted rape of 5-year-old girl

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Slidell man was found guilty Wednesday of attempted rape of a girl who was 5 years old at the time of the crime, according to the St. Tammany District Attorney's Office.

Terral W. Brand Jr., 33, faces 10 to 50 years in prison.

The crime dates back to between Oct. 28, 2013, and Oct. 29, 2013, when the victim's mother went on a work-related trip and left the child in the Brand's care. During that time, the child disclosed to a friend of her mother that Brand had touched her inappropriately and rubbed against her.

The friend told the mother, who contacted police.

The child later shared the same account with a doctor at Children's Hospital and in an interview at the Children's Advocacy Center in Covington.

Brand admitted to police that he masturbated in front of the girl, but he said he was intoxicated and did not remember anything else. The jury deliberated nearly two hours before returning the guilty verdict.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jay Adair and Becky Jo Hollen.

Brand will be sentenced by District Judge Allison Penzato on Feb. 22

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