Westlake woman enters guilty plea, sentenced in sex crime case

Published: Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2012 at 8:37 PM CST
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Heather Daughdrill (Source: CPSO)
Heather Daughdrill (Source: CPSO)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Westlake woman accused of sex crimes in Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes pleaded guilty to one count of felony carnal knowledge on Tuesday in 14th Judicial District Court in Calcasieu.

Division "H" Judge Ron Ware accepted Heather Daughdrill's plea under the following conditions:

She was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with four years suspended. The one remaining year will run concurrent with her sentence in Beauregard Parish.

Five years supervised probation.

No contact with the victim or his family. Furthermore, Daughdrill is to have no contact with any minors under the age of 17 years old.

Daughdrill must also register as a sex offender and pay appropriate fees and court costs. She was also ordered to make restitution to the victim's family.

In closing, Ware told Daughdrill, "I trust the judgment of these lawyers, but you need to know you are getting a very lenient sentence. This affair was not a one-time thing and it happened at multiple locations. It doesn't only affect the victim but his family and your family. But I trust the judgment of the lawyers and will accept your plea."

Daughdrill told the judge she understands and knows that her actions have affected many people.

In September, Daughdrill, 29, pleaded guilty in 36th Judicial District Court in Beauregard Parish to felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Daughdrill was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections in relation to the Beauregard charges. Four years were suspended. She is subject to five years of supervised probation in the Beauregard case, according to court records.

Daughdrill was arrested on sex-related charges in 2011. She is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy who she reportedly met at a summer Bible school camp. She is alleged to have had multiple encounters with the boy, sometimes picking him up after school without his parents' permission, according to authorities.

At the time of her arrest in Calcasieu, she was charged with four counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile; eight counts of sexual battery; three counts of second-degree kidnapping; one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and one count indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Her original charges in Beauregard were felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and three counts of second-degree kidnapping.

Daughdrill is represented by Lake Charles attorney Fred Lebleu.

KPLC's Lee Peck was in the courtroom and will have more on later editions.

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