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District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday secured a sex crime conviction against an Algiers man who molested a preteen relative at his home nearly a decade ago.
An Orleans Parish jury deliberated about 50 minutes before unanimously finding Kenneth Session guilty of sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13. Session, 56, faces a state prison term ranging from 25 to 99 years when Criminal District Judge Paul Bonin imposes his sentence on Feb. 5.
Session reached inside a sleeping bag to fondle the girl when she was 8 or 9 years old, sometime between Aug. 1, 2009-Aug. 1, 2010. The victim, now 18, testified against her assailant in this week’s three-day trial.
Session was arrested in connection with this case in June 2016. A different Orleans Parish jury was unable to reach a verdict in a three-day trial that ended on Nov. 28, 2018.
The defendant still faces another open case in Jefferson Parish, where he is charged with raping another juvenile relative.
“This clearly is a very dangerous sexual predator,” Cannizzaro said. “I commend this jury for staying focused on the facts of the case and the compelling testimony of this brave victim to arrive at the only proper verdict. And I applaud our prosecutors and the police investigators who presented such a persuasive case.”
Assistant District Attorneys Jason Napoli and Margaret Martin prosecuted the case.
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