Kevin Oglethorpe, 31, of Walker, entered a “no contest” plea on Feb. 7, 2022 nearly two years after he was arrested. That plea means the defendant does not accept guilt, but does not deny it either.
With his attorney at his side, Oglethorpe pleaded no contest to second degree rape, two counts of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Assistant District Attorney Brad Cascio prosecuted the case from the Livingston Parish District Attorney’s Office. Judge William Dykes sentenced him to 30 years hard labor plus he must be chemically castrated before he’s released from the Dept. of Corrections.
On April 27, 2020, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a complaint of sexual abuse. The victim’s mother found some disturbing messages between her juvenile daughter and Oglethorpe. The case was turned over LPSO juvenile detectives with a forensic interview of the child at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
In that interview, the victim disclosed a series of sexual abuse dating back to the summer of 2019 when the victim was 12-yrs-old. Based on the detailed disclosure by the victim, along with the corroborating cell phone records, officials got an arrest warrant for Oglethorpe.
After his arrest, Oglethorpe admitted to deputies multiple acts of sexual abuse committed on the victim. His confession matched all the other evidence obtained by law enforcement. Oglethorpe further admitted to accessing the “dark web” and viewing child pornography.
Along with the 30 year sentence, Louisiana law governs the administration of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) to certain sex offenders. This form of court ordered hormone therapy is utilized in certain cases to help prevent recidivism among sex offenders. The administration of MPA is contingent upon a determination by a court appointed medical expert that the defendant is a good candidate for treatment. If a defendant who has been sentenced to this treatment fails to allow the administration of MPA, he can be charged with a separate crime and sentenced up to five years in prison.
Oglethorpe’s plea and sentence were suggested with the consent of the victim’s family.