COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A Slidell man will spend 20 years behind bars for raping a 13-year-old boy and sexually molesting another boy. 25-year-old John P. Montelepre was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to one count of forcible rape, two counts of aggravated incest and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. As part of the sentencing, District Judge William J. Burris also ordered Montelepre to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
The St. Tammany District Attorney's office says the rape happened about seven years ago. Montelepre reportedly knew the first victim and began touching him inappropriately when they spent time together. When the boy was 13, authorities say Montelepre raped him in the shower and on another occasion brought sex toys into the boy's bed.
The victim reportedly told his sister, whose family contacted the Slidell Police Department. The case was investigated by then-Detective Brian D. Brown, now Supervisory Special Agent of the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation's Investigation Division.
Prosecutors say Montelepre eventually admitted to the crimes in a recorded interview and when asked if he had molested any other children, he described inappropriate behavior with another boy who had looked up to him. Law enforcement arranged a forensic interview of the second boy, who confirmed the sexual abuse had occurred.