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Melville Man Arrested for Allegedly Touching a Juvenile Inappropriately

According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On, May 12, 2021, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in regards to sexual battery against a juvenile under 18 years-of-age.”

Posted: May 13, 2021 3:00 PM
Updated: May 13, 2021 6:08 PM

According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On, May 12, 2021, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in regards to sexual battery against a juvenile under 18 years-of-age.”

Upon further investigation by detectives, it was determined that Douglas P. Gerace was questioning the juvenile about athletic activities and hugged her after receiving a response. During the hug, Douglas Gerace moved his hand and inappropriately touched the juvenile on the buttocks. The juvenile immediately attempted to leave the vicinity and Douglas Gerace followed her. The juvenile then called her parents to notify them of the incident.

Upon learning of the inappropriate actions committed by Douglas Gerace, the parents of the juvenile contacted the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. When questioned by detectives, Douglas Gerace admitted to speaking with the juvenile. A short while later, while speaking to a different detective, Douglas Gerace admitted to touching the juvenile inappropriately.

On May 12, 2021, Douglas P. Gerace was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and charged with Sexual Battery.

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