Sex offender Enoch James sentenced to 35 years after guilty plea to child rape
May 8, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (May 8) secured a guilty plea and 35-year prison sentence for a previously convicted sex offender who raped one young child and sexually assaulted another while on probation in New Orleans in 2017.

Enoch M. James, 39, avoided a potential life sentence by entering into a plea agreement with the state that spares the trauma of trial testimony by his young victims. With the approval of the victims’ family and Criminal District Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier, James pleaded guilty to four amended counts of second-degree rape.

James also pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of sexual battery of a victim younger than 13, one count of unlawful presence of a sex offender, and one count of failure to register as a sex offender (second or subsequent conviction). James was convicted as a double felony offender on the rape counts and received a 35-year sentence with credit for time served, but without the benefits of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

The four rape counts and one of the sexual battery counts related to one victim who was 6 and 7 years old when the sexual abuse occurred, between March 22-Oct. 1, 2017. The other sexual battery count relates to a second victim who was 8 years old when abused during the same timespan.

“The sexual abuse of innocent children is one of the most horrific crimes we encounter,” Cannizzaro said. “In each instance, we must weigh the aggressiveness of our prosecution and the demands of public safety against the needs of child victims to be re-traumatized as little as possible by involvement in the criminal justice proceedings.

“While this defendant surely deserves a life sentence for his heinous acts, ensuring his conviction and keeping him off the streets until his mid-70s while sparing these children further court appearances was the most prudent course of action with the greatest benefit.”

James previously pleaded guilty in 2003 to two counts of sexual molestation of a juvenile and was sentenced as a multiple offender to 10 years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Napoli prosecuted the case.

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