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Morgan City Man Arrested For Rape of Mentally Challenged Woman - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On November 23, 2010, Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office was notified by a parent that her 20 year old mentally challenged daughter had been raped by a male subject. She was taken to a local hospital for examination and later interviewed by detectives. In that interview, the victim advised she was riding her bicycle on Elaine Street located in Bayou L'Ourse when Lucito Romero approached her and put her bicycle in the back of a pick up truck he was driving. She then advised that he made her get into the front, passenger side of the pick up truck where he drove her to his friend's house on Elaine Street. Once inside the residence the sexual abuse and rape began and she advised that she told him "no” numerous times and tried to push him off her.

Shortly after the interview, a search warrant was issued and executed at the residence on Elaine Street where several items were recovered. Shortly thereafter, while attempting to locate the suspect, he was noticed running across Elaine Street in front of a Detective's Police Unit and he proceeded into a wooded area. A Detective gave a short foot chase and detained him for questioning. He was later interviewed by detectives where he advised he did have sexual intercourse with the victim but he said "it was consensual”. He stated that he ran because he was on Parole. After questioning, Lucito Romero, age 26, from 333 Glenwood Street, Morgan City, Louisiana was arrested and charged with Forcible Rape. It is possible that this charge may be upgraded to Aggravated Rape once the victim's level of mental infirmity can be established. He is currently being held at the Assumption Parish Detention Center. Bond has not been set as of the time of this release.


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