NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An Algiers man is accused of repeatedly raping a preteen girl over a period of seven years. An Orleans Parish grand jury indicted 41-year old Charles E. Martin on charges of first degree rape of a person under the age of 13. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office says. Martin faces a mandatory life prison sentence if found guilty of either pf the two counts against him.
Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman increased Martin's bond from $30,000 to $125,000 after the indictment was read.
Martin is the 11th defendant indicted this year through Cannizzaro's office and the New Orleans grand jury on charges of first-degree rape involving a juvenile.
"That grim statistic reinforces the importance of our work as prosecutors," Cannizzaro said. "The effects of sexual abuse last a lifetime, no matter the age of the victim. But there is no population as vulnerable as our children. We, as a community, must be vigilant about their protection and work cooperatively to take child sexual predators off our streets."
Martin is accused of raping the same child in his residence between the dates of Dec. 13, 2005-Dec. 13, 2012. The victim was between the ages of 6 and 12 during the sexual assaults.
The victim, now 18, reported the abuse to New Orleans police after being located as a runaway in December 2017.