Prairieville man sentenced to 45 years in prison for sexual relationship with juvenile

Prairieville man sentenced to 45 years in prison for sexual relationship with juvenile

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A judge has sentenced a Prairieville man accused of having sexual relations with a relative to 45 years in prison.

Benjamin Tonguis, 38, plead guilty Wednesday to four counts of crimes against nature and was sentenced to 45 years in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Tonguis will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Tonguis was accused of having sexual relations with a juvenile relative over the course of several months.

Tonguis plead guilty by his own admission.

The victim and family members were in court at the time Tonguis entered his plea. The family supported Tonguis plea agreement.

Tonguis is currently being held in the Ascension Parish Jail and will be transferred to the Catahoula Correctional Center Friday.

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