Lafayette man arrested for rape of child family member that happened 40 years ago

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 2:50pm

A 66-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a female family member 40 years ago. If convicted, he could face a 99 year sentence.

The Louisiana State Police reports that the investigation began in January 2013. We’re told a complaint was filed against Joseph Thibodeaux of Lafayette. He is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with the victim, who was under the age of 12 when the crime occurred.

After a lengthy investigation, Thibodeaux was arrested on Thursday, May 30. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges of Aggravated Incest and Aggravated Rape.

The case remains under investigation.

If you have any information about the sexual exploitation of children you are urged to call State Police Detectives (337) 262-3341.

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