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District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 12) secured an indictment charging a previously convicted sex offender with two New Orleans rapes that occurred 24 years apart.
Lemoines Horne was charged with one count of aggravated (first-degree) rape, one count of second-degree rape, and single counts of obscenity and failure to register as a sex offender in the four-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Horne faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the aggravated rape count, which stems from a sexual assault first reported in May 1995.
In bringing the charges, grand jurors agreed that DNA evidence linked Horne to the rape of a 30-year-old woman inside a home in the 200 block of South Roman Street on May 11, 1995, and to the more recent rape of a 30-year-old homeless woman near Calliope
Street and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on June 21, 2019.
Genetic evidence preserved from each victim’s sexual assault examination kit later was found to match a DNA sample from Horne stored in the federal CODIS database (Combined DNA Index System).
Horne, 47, was arrested on an obscenity allegation by New Orleans police on July 2, 2019. In that incident, a female security guard working a detail in the 500 block of Julia Street reported that Horne approached her in her car and began talking to her with his zipper open and genitals exposed. He returned two other times that night, again exposing himself and yelling at her from across the street, before being apprehended by police.
Horne previously entered a not guilty plea in that open case, which is being dismissed and re-instituted through the grand jury indictment to be tried alongside the other offenses.
In 2002, Horne pleaded guilty in Jefferson Parish to charges of attempted aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and obscenity involving two separate incidents. He was sentenced to 17 years and required to register as a sex offender following his prison release on Feb. 21, 2019.
Horne was only out of prison four months before he is alleged to have raped the homeless victim. The fourth count of the indictment alleges that Horne never registered as a sex offender in New Orleans, as required by his previous conviction and sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Mary Glass, head of the OPDA’s SAKI unit (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) presented the case to the grand jury.
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