WALKER, LA (WAFB) - A Walker, LA man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of multiple rape charges.
Michael J. Boudreaux was found guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and three counts of aggravated incest.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Belser says Boudreaux began abusing the victim when she was just three years old, and continued until she was 14.
During the two-day trial in September, a family member testified she that she was also sexually abused by Boudreaux.
Boudreaux was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence for each count of aggravated rape, 20 years with the department of corrections for two of the aggravated incest counts, and 25 years without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence for another count of aggravated incest due to the victim being under the age of 13.
The two life sentences for aggravated rape are to be served concurrently and the aggravated incest sentences are to be served consecutively with each other and the life sentences.
Following the two day trial, a jury of twelve deliberated for a little over an hour before unanimously finding the defendant guilty on all charges.
According to the District Attorney, the acts of sexual abuse began in 1998, when the victim was only 3 years old. Over the years, the victim's family moved from Walker to several other parishes where the abuse continued.
Although each charge relates to a single victim, they only address the periods of abuse that occurred within Livingston Parish. The assaults ended when, at the age of 14, the victim moved to live with other members of her family in Lafayette and eventually in Texas, the prosecutor said.
The victim disclosed the abuse to a guidance counselor in 2009. Following interviews with the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center, the case was referred to the Walker Police Department for further investigation. Boudreaux was arrested on December 23, 2010, and later indicted by a Livingston Parish Grand Jury on all charges in March 2011.