Convicted sex offender gets 10 years

Convicted sex offender Randy P. Courville, 51, of Eunice will serve 10 years in federal prison.

Courville, a former U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs employee, was sentenced this week in federal court in Lafayette.

The sentence, imposed by Judge Tucker Melancon, has no condition of parole. Courville could have received up to 30 years under federal guidelines.

Courville was arrested in 2007 after he began communicating online with a law enforcement officer who was pretending to be a 15-year-old girl.

Their conversations began in November 2006 and on June 13, 2007, authorities said he asked the “girl” to perform sexual acts and to send him sexually explicit pictures over the Internet.

According to a news release, three agencies — St. Landry and Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Offices and the Kenner Police Department — were independently investigating Courville before his arrest.

When they realized they were dealing with the same individual, the cases were combined and turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

The joint investigation was part of a Project Safe Childhood initiative, which teams up federal, state and local agencies.

In 2018, Courville will be placed on five years supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender, participate in sex offender treatment and refrain from using the Internet and associating with minors, the news release stated.

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