Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Oct. 24) secured indictments charging two New Orleans men with raping juvenile victims in separate, unrelated cases.
Jarius Richardson (pictured above left) was charged with three counts of first-degree rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping of the same 15-year-old girl in one indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Richardson, 26, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted on any of the four charges.
Criminal District Judge Karen Herman set bond for Richardson at $2 million.
Fred Reimonenq (pictured above right) again was charged with first-degree rape, attempted first-degree rape, and sexual battery of a preteen victim for sexual assaults alleged to have been perpetrated upon a 6-year-old girl between August 2015-July 2016. Reimonenq, 57, also faces a mandatory life sentence if found guilty of the first-degree rape count.
DNA evidence helped authorities identify Richardson as one of two assailants who abducted the teen girl at gunpoint and raped her inside a car near the intersection of Wendy Lane and Cindy Place in the West Lake Forest area of New Orleans East on Oct. 11, 2015. The second suspect remains unidentified, but was described as a black male in his early 30s with three “cross” tattoos in the center of his forehead.
Reimonenq’s case first was indicted by different Orleans Parish grand juries in December 2016 and September 2018. A scheduled trial date last December was postponed by a defense challenge to a proposed expert witness for the state. The Louisiana Supreme Court this week granted the defendant’s motion to quash the earlier indictment, reversing a decision by Criminal District Judge Darryl Derbigny.
Prosecutors were allowed to seek reinstitution of the case before a new grand jury, and did so Thursday, but will be barred from calling the sexual assault nurse examiner as an expert witness at trial.
Judge Herman set bond for Reimonenq at $125,000.
Assistant District Attorney Mary Glass, head of the OPDA’s SAKI Unit (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative), presented the Richardson case to the grand jury. Assistant District Attorney David Pipes, the OPDA’s Chief of Trials, presented the Reimonenq case to the panel.
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