OPELOUSAS, LA — A 20-year-old man was arrested for engaging in a sexual relationship with a teen girl. The suspect admitted to the relationship, but claimed he was unaware of her age.
The Opelousas Police Department reports that the victim’s mother contacted authorities after learning that her 14-year-old daughter was involved in a relationship with the suspect, Willard J. Rideau. Detectives interviewed the teen, and she confessed to participating in physical contact with Rideau on two occasions.
Rideau was detained and questioned about the claims. He said he was involved in a relationship with the girl, but was unaware of her age.
Rideau was arrested and charged with felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. He was booked into the Opelousas Police Department Jail without bond.