NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 21-year old man from St. Rose admits he kidnapped and raped a former girlfriend in New Orleans in 2015. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office says David Hunter pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping today just before his trial was set to start..
Hunter faces a state prison term of 5 to 40 years on each count. He's scheduled to be sentenced June 21 when Criminal District Judge Karen Herman imposes sentence on June 21.
According to the D.A's office, Hunter kidnapped the 19-year-old woman in St. Rose and held her against her will in his car as he drove her around in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. When the victim would not surrender her cellphone password, Hunter reportedly punched her, then dragged her back into his car by her hair. Authorities say Hunter then drove to the New Orleans lakefront, where he raped the woman in his car.
Hunter then reportedly drove the woman back to her car and released her following the rape. Cannizzaro says Hunter and the victim had previously dated, but split up a few weeks before the criminal acts.
Hunter still has open charges in Jefferson Parish for simple kidnapping and simple battery