Teenager convicted of child rape charged again with same crime

Teenager convicted of child rape charged again with same crime
LaMarque Victor, 16, was arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl in May. He will be tried as an adult.

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans teenager is accused of kidnapping and raping a 10-year-old girl in May, according to the Orleans District Attorney's Office.

LaMarque Victor, 16, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree kidnapping in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. With the indictment, Victor's case is transferred into the adult system for prosecution at Criminal District Court.

Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman set Victor's bond amount at $2.5 million.

Victor pleaded guilty in August 2016 to committing two counts of aggravated rape at age 13, and was adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court. With that plea, Victor admitted to raping a 7-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl in separate incidents nine days apart in July 2015, prosecutors said.

Victor subsequently was sentenced to four years in state juvenile detention, but was granted early release and parole less than two years later. The Office of Juvenile Justice ordered Victor's electronic ankle monitor removed in April 2018.

Under Thursday's indictment, Victor is accused of luring the 10-year-old girl into the backyard of a house in the 6900 block of Bunker Hill Road on May 23. Prosecutors said the girl was enticed by Victor's offer of "frozen cups" for sale. The girl told police that once she entered the gate, the teen pushed her to the ground, pulled down her pants and raped her vaginally and anally. After the sexual assault, the girl ran to an adult neighbor who called New Orleans police, but Victor was not found immediately, the district attorney's office said.

The Louisiana State Police crime lab notified New Orleans Police Deparment investigators on July 9 that a DNA sample recovered from the victim's rape kit linked to an existing sample from Victor.

When a U.S. Marshals task force located and attempted to arrest Victor at his girlfriend's house the next day, the rape suspect crawled into an attic, kicked his way through the roof, and attempted to escape by jumping off the house and scaling fences.

"Here a violent teen criminal rapes two children, but even a four-year period of detention is deemed too harsh to complete. And now another young girl has been made to suffer an unspeakable sexual assault less than two years later. We will work diligently toward a more just outcome in the adult court," District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said.