LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Two men were arrested on Wednesday at Pinederosa Park in Westlake, for allegedly engaging in sexual activities.
A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputy found 57 year- old David Manuel of Westlake and 48 year- old Gary LeBlanc of Sulphur engaged in an inappropriate sexual activity in a restroom. Both men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center, and later charged with crimes against nature.
According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, a crime against nature is when an individual engages in anal sex with someone of the same sex, opposite sex, or animal. Listed below is how the Louisiana State Legislature defines a crime against nature:
A. Crime against nature is:
(1) The unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal, except that anal sexual intercourse between two human beings shall not be deemed as a crime against nature when done under any of the circumstances described in R.S. 14:41, 14:42, 14:42.1 or 14:43. Emission is not necessary; and, when committed by a human being with another, the use of the genital organ of one of the offenders of whatever sex is sufficient to constitute the crime.
(2) The solicitation by a human being of another with the intent to engage in any unnatural carnal copulation for compensation.
B. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both.
Amended by Acts 1975, No. 612, §1; Acts 1982, No. 703, §1.
Commander Mike Byrne with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office stated, "It's not something we see a lot of, we do see it from time to time. We've had issues with it different parks in Lake Charles."
Byrne cited Tuten Park, the Lake Charles Civic Center, and Pinederosa Park as places that have had issues with crimes against nature. However, crimes in those areas do not necessarily signify a growing problem.
"I don't think it's an epidemic," Byrne said. "I think its people taking advantage of a building they think there is less likely a chance of being caught."
Those willing to take that risk in a public place will be arrested and could face a fine of no more than $2,000.00 and or imprisonment for no more than five years.
When the public notices incidents like these they must alert law enforcement and after they do, actions will be taken to step up patrol in that area.
Byrne stated, "Our citizens should know Sheriff Mancuso is very concerned about these types of incidents in public places. We have a series of undercover folks we can send in to also address problems of this kind, so the people should know that, there are things we can do to stop this."
Parks appear to be the primary spot for engaging in these activities, but Byrne says public safety is a concern everywhere, and everyone should always be aware of their surroundings.