Raceland man found guilty of aggravated rape of young girl

Michael Lirette Sr. (LPSO)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - A Raceland man charged with aggravated rape in November of 2017 was convicted by a Lafourche Parish jury Tuesday evening (April 23), according to Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell.

Michael Lirette Sr., 66, sexually abused the pre-teen victim over a period of several years dating back over a decade ago. Lirette, who lived on the same street as the victim, was a friend of the victim’s family.

“Justice may be delayed, but it won’t be denied,” said Assistant District Attorney Jason Chatagnier, who prosecuted the case along with Greg Stahlnecker. “The victim became the voice of her 8-year-old self. Now, after a decade of living with the weight of her story, justice has been served.”

During the trial, other victims testified that they, too, were victims of Michael Lirette’s sexual abuse. Their testimony helped establish Lirette’s lustful disposition toward children.

Lirette was initially charged with first-degree rape, but at the time of the crimes, first-degree rape was known as aggravated rape. The elements of the offense remain the same, Russell said.

Judge Hugh Larose ordered that Lirette be taken into custody and his previous bond terminated. Lirette is scheduled for sentencing on May 16.

He is facing a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

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