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11-Dec-2016

Louisiana human trafficker convicted of aggravated rape and battery

Gretna, LA

On April 13, 2015, a brutally beaten woman was found by vice detectives during a sting operation. She had been drugged and abducted at gunpoint from Florida, then forced into prostitution in metro New Orleans. After trying to escape, the 24-year-old victim was beaten for a day and raped with a pistol. She was hospitalized following the police rescue.

Two Mississippi men were charged with rape and human trafficking. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office crime laboratory found a complex DNA mixture inside of the barrel of a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol. Cybergenetics TrueAllele® computer separated the four person DNA mixture into genotypes, finding statistical matches to the victim and both men.

Willard Anthony (30) was tried for aggravated rape, human trafficking, second-degree battery, aggravated battery and sexual battery. Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin testified Friday afternoon, December 9th about the TrueAllele pistol barrel results. On Sunday night, the Gretna jury convicted Anthony on all charges. He faces life in prison without parole.

Links

  • Florida woman drugged, beaten and forced into prostitution in Harvey – The Times-Picayune
  • Mississippi men charged with rape, human trafficking in Jefferson Parish – The Times-Picayune
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