Firefighter accused of sex with teen he had been messaging on social media

Firefighter accused of sex with teen he had been messaging on social media
Raymond Casteel

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Sulphur man is accused of having sex with a teenager with whom he had been corresponding on social media.

Raymond P. Casteel, 30, confirmed to detectives he had sex with the 15-year-old girl once, according to Kim Myers, spokesperson for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. Casteel is a firefighter with the Carlyss Fire Department. Fire Chief James Stanley said Casteel is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

Detectives, who began investigating after receiving a report on April 5, were told by the girl that she and Casteel had sex on three separate occasions in January, Myers said. She told detectives that prior to having a sexual relationship, they had met once in person and had been communicating through social media.

Casteel was arrested April 12. He faces three counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He bonded out on April 13 on $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

Det. Kara Adams is the lead investigator.

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