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Prairieville man an charged 16 counts of aggravated rape

Benjamin Tonguis (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Benjamin Tonguis (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A Prairieville man is behind bars after he was arrested on charges of 16 counts of aggravated rape, 24 counts of aggravated crimes against nature, and eight counts of sexual battery.

Benjamin Tonguis, 37, was arrested by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office after they received reports of a 13-year-old that was possibly being raped by Tonguis over a period of time.

During the investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Tonguis admitted that he began fondling the teen years ago, and began to have sex with them months ago.

A bond has not yet been set.

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