Six Kaplan residents arrested

Thursday, Dec. 10, troopers with Louisiana State Police Region II Criminal Investigation Division arrested six Vermilion Parish residents on various child sexual abuse related offenses.

In November, troopers began an investigation into allegations of sexual battery and carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Vermilion Parish. During the investigation, troopers, and agents from Louisiana Probation and Parole worked closely to obtain information about the case. Troopers were provided with information outlining years of abuse at the hands of the juvenile’s mother, thirty-five-year old Kristie Marceaux of Kaplan, other adults, and Marceaux’s associates.

Based on the findings of their investigation, troopers were able to secure arrest warrants for subjects residing in Vermilion Parish for an assortment of child sexual related offenses.

Throughout the day, troopers, assisted by Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Kaplan Police Department, began serving the arrest warrants.

During the arrests, four children were taken into the State’s care by counselors with the Office of Community Services, because the mother and step father were arrested.

The following individuals were arrested without incident and booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center on the charges listed below:

• Adam Marceaux , 29, of Kaplan, Sexual Battery;

• Jeremy Kline, 23, of Kaplan, Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile;

• Kristie Marceaux, 35, of Kaplan, Aggravated Rape;

• Ben Hargrave, 21, of Kaplan, Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile;

• Justin Harris, 21, of Kaplan, Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile; and

• Brennan Lebouef, 23, of Kaplan, Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional arrests are expected.

Anyone having any information concerning the sexual exploitation of children is asked to contact their local sheriff’s office. Additional information concerning this investigation or these individuals can be directed to Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division at 337-262-3341.

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