Jury finds Gonzales man guilty of rape

 An Ascension Parish jury found a Gonzales man guilty of 3rd-degree rape stemming from an incident that occurred in 2015.

The jury found Eric Harris, 40, guilty last week. Judge Cody Martin presided over the trial.

On Sept. 12, 2015, a woman went to the Gonzales Police Department stating she was raped. Detectives interviewed the victim who said she met someone named “Big E” at a Gonzales hotel.

The victim told authorities that when she went inside “Big E’s” hotel room, he sexually assaulted her. Detectives confirmed Harris had rented the room where the sexual assault occurred.

The victim identified Harris through a photo lineup as the person who assaulted her. Following the guilty verdict, sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a pre-sentence investigation.

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