COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A Mandeville man was found guilty Wednesday of raping an 18-year-old woman after she became intoxicated at his home.
A St. Tammany Parish jury found Terry J. Ducote, 23, guilty of simple rape.
A spokesperson for District Attorney Warren Montgomery said in a news release that Ducote knew the victim, who was feeling down about personal issues, when the two smoked marijuana together on June 28, 2015.
Ducote also gave a bottle of Vodka to the victim, who rarely drank. When she became so intoxicated that she could not move, Ducote raped her, despite her pleas for him to stop.
The next morning, the victim confided via a text message to her sister that she had been raped. The sister notified their father who took the victim to the hospital and contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
The jury rejected Ducote's claims that the victim initiated the act. Among the evidence presented were text messages to the victim from Ducote who apologized stating the incident "never should have happened," and blamed it on his own intoxication.
Ducote faces up to 25 years behind bars. He will be sentenced Aug. 1.