Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced Monday (Sept. 21) that it has secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with rape and other sex crimes against two juvenile victims left sometimes in his care several years ago.
Anderson Stevenson was charged with aggravated rape, two counts of forcible rape, two counts of oral sexual battery, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, and one count of sexual battery in the eight-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury on Sept. 3.
Public announcement of the indictment was delayed until Monday, when authorities finally were able to apprehend Stevenson, 54, and book him into custody at the Orleans Justice Center jail. Stevenson is scheduled for arraignment before Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman on Sept. 30.
Stevenson is accused of sexually abusing at least three girls who are now adults. The sex crimes against one of the victims are alleged to have occurred at a Jefferson Parish home on the West Bank, and evidence in that case has been referred to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s office for potential prosecution.
One of Stevenson’s Orleans Parish victims has reported sexual abuse by Stevenson occurring between September 1995 and December 2013, when she ranged in age from 12 to 29. Stevenson faces charges of aggravated rape, forcible rape, oral sexual battery, sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile against this victim.
This victim disclosed sexual abuse by Stevenson to her family when she was 14, but was not believed. She said she was threatened by Stevenson and eventually was made to recant her allegations to her family. The sexual abuse by Stevenson then continued several more years, she told New Orleans police investigators.
The other Orleans Parish victim has reported being sexually abused by the defendant between May 1996 and December 2000, when she ranged in age from 14 to 18.
Stevenson is charged with forcible rape, oral sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile against this victim. She was part of the other victims’ extended family but lived in a different household.
This victim said she was too ashamed to disclose the abuse to family members until March 2020, when she learned the other victims had made allegations against Stevenson. She had, however, told her story of sexual abuse to her husband before they got married, sometime around 2009.
Assistant District Attorney Payal Patel presented the case to the grand jury.
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