Clergyman in Louisiana Arrested Suspected of Two Couts of Rape Dating Back to 1994

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Published January 16, 2023

Clergyman in Louisiana Arrested Suspected of Two Couts of Rape Dating Back to 1994

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana – Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet announced the arrest of a Montegut, Louisiana man in connection with an investigation being conducted by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Special Victims Unit. Keith Allen Naquin, 51, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree rape as a result of the investigation.

On January 5th, the Special Victims Unit launched an inquiry into allegations of rape leveled against Naquin by at least two separate victims. The Special Victims Unit questioned the victims, who are not being identified at this time, who revealed specifics to investigators of Naquin committing sexual offenses against them in 1994. Investigators conducted in-depth interviews with each victim, as well as extra interviews with various witnesses involved in the crimes. Throughout the investigation, Detectives discovered that Naquin worked as a clergyman at a small church in the Montegut region during the time period of the claims.

At the conclusion of the interviews, Detectives acquired information and evidence to support the claims and secured warrants for Keith Naquin’s arrest for 1st Degree Rape through the 32nd Judicial District Court.

Keith Allen Naquin was apprehended at his residence in Montegut, Louisiana on January 12, 2023, and brought in for questioning. Before exercising his right to an attorney, Naquin admitted to knowing the victims but denied the claims. Naquin was later arrested by detectives and booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex on outstanding warrants, with a $200,000 bond set by local judges. After completing the bond process, Naquin was freed from detention.

Sheriff Tim Soignet would want to remind the public that this is an ongoing investigation and that additional victims may have yet to be identified. More information will be made accessible when it becomes available.

Sheriff Tim Soignet, as always, asks for patience and privacy for the victims affected by this investigation. Sheriff Soignet said, “Our agency Investigators are continuing to work through this very difficult and disturbing investigation. One of the major concerns is to determine whether or not any additional victims are present, and to deal with that circumstance accordingly. The actions of this suspect are not only upsetting to those involved but can cause problems for an entire community. I am confident that our Investigators will do what in necessary to ensure that this offender is brought to justice.”

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty.