David ‘Tootie’ Perry pleads guilty to rape, child sex trafficking, gets 30 years
March 10, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Tuesday (March 10) secured a guilty plea and 30-year state prison sentence for a New Orleans man who raped a 16-year-old girl and trafficked the juvenile runaway for sexual purposes.

A jury had been impaneled and was about to hear opening arguments when David “Tootie” Perry chose to forego his scheduled trial and plead guilty as charged to child sex trafficking, second-degree rape and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Perry entered his guilty pleas before Criminal District Judge Laurie A. White, on the morning of his 35th birthday.

The 30-year sentence was imposed after the judge heard an impact statement from the teen victim in the case.

Investigators said the girl was threatened, beaten, sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution by four men she became associated with over the course of eight days after leaving her home in December 2018. Most of the offenses took place in the St. Roch and New Orleans East areas.

Perry was the first of four co-defendants to resolve his case.

Elbert “D-Black” Riascos of New Orleans pleaded guilty as charged on Jan. 23 to child sex trafficking, second-degree rape, pornography involving juveniles, cruelty to a juvenile, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and two firearms charges. His sentencing has been postponed until the other defendants’ cases are resolved.

Co-defendants Jovan Martin of New Orleans and Kentrell Foster of Chalmette are scheduled for trial May 4 on various charges following investigation by the Louisiana State Police and New Orleans Police Department. Each faces 15 to 50 years if convicted of child sex trafficking, in addition to possible penalties for other counts.

Assistant District Attorneys Jason Napoli and Carolyn Livanos prosecuted the case. Livanos heads the SALT unit of Cannizzaro’s office (Sexual and Labor Trafficking), specializing in cases involving the trafficking and criminal exploitation of human beings.

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