Jury finds John Mack guilty in child sex abuse trial

LIVINGSTON — It took a jury nearly three hours to find John Mack guilty of seven charges in his child sex abuse trial.

He was found guilty of one count of aggravated rape, one count attempted aggravated rape, three counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Mack was arrested in October 2021 for first-degree rape and sexual battery. The 77-year-old sexually assaulted two underage victims between 2011 through 2015.

In Feb. 2022, a Livingston Parish Grand Jury indicted Mack on eight counts: three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Jury selection for Mack’s case started July 11 with a 14-person jury seated within a day. (Twelve jurors and two alternates). Wednesday morning, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office started with opening statements. The state rested their case Thursday evening.

The defense started their case Friday morning and by 10:30 a.m., the jurors were given instructions by the judge.

Due to Mack’s political ties in Livingston Parish, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux recused his office from the case, which meant the AG’s office took over prosecuting. Sherman Mack, a Louisiana State Representative is one of John Mack’s nephews, while his other nephew, Shane Mack, is a Livingston Parish councilman.

Mack’s sentencing date is set for Oct. 17, 2023 but a first-degree rape carries a mandatory life in prison sentence in Louisiana.

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