Trauma Leaves Lasting Impact on Children

Nov 27, 2019
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Children who face trauma at a young age can experience physical and mental health issues in adulthood, according to a local professional. 

Tammy Washington, early childhood life skills coordinator of the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, said that adverse childhood experiences can impact a child's growth and future. 

An adverse childhood experience, or ACE, is a study that explains how trauma and adversity faced in childhood can increase the physical, mental and behavioral problems that can appear later in life, according to Washington.  

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 A Louisiana man faces sentencing Thursday in federal court for his role in the abuse of an autistic relative who was held captive in a cage and physically abused.

Jody Lambert of Amite pleaded guilty in October to a federal civil rights charge. He's the latest to be sentenced in the case which is playing out in federal court in New Orleans and state court in Tangipahoa Parish.

Prosecutors say in court documents Lambert has cooperated and that they have agreed to seek less than the maximum 10-year prison sentence.

A former priest in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to a child molestation charge.

The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette reported 76-year-old Michael Guidry pleaded guilty Wednesday at the St. Landry Parish courthouse. The former pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Morrow faces between five and 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has updated a list of clergy members it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing children or vulnerable adults.

News outlets report the most recent update names former Deacon James Lockwood, who the list says was identified as credibly accused by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It says he wasn't credibly accused in relation to his five-month service with the Baton Rouge diocese.

The Catholic Diocese of Alexandria Louisiana named 27 clergy members accused of sexual abuse of minors. The cases occured between 1940 - 2002.  The Bishop of the Alexandria, Louisiana Diocese, David Talley, says he ordered an examination of all the files dating back to the establishment of the Diocese of Natchitoches in 1853. A system of examination was established by which every file held by the Diocese of Alexandria was reviewed by two sets of examiners .  Bishop Talley says, "This evil can only be purged through a vigilant process that is transparent to the public.


The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Roderick Douglas, a former supervisor at the Richwood Correctional Center, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to violate the civil rights of five inmates.

Douglas, 38, of Monroe, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to conspiring with five other officers to violate the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Election Day Program To Prevent Voter Fraud

Oct 30, 2018
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The U.S. Attorneys Office will observe Election Day as part of a greater Department of Justice program to monitor voting rights abuses and election fraud across the country.

A Louisiana sheriff says more allegations have surfaced against a Benton elementary school teacher accused of child rape and video voyeurism of children.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington announced the additional allegations Tuesday night against Benton Elementary School physical education teacher Aubrey "Perry" Norcross.

Norcross was arrested last week and charged with child rape on the school's campus and video voyeurism. The charges involve different children.

Three Louisiana boys helped save their mother after their father threatened to shoot her, authorities said Monday.

Authorities from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said the boys - ages 10, 12, and 14 - came to their mother's rescue after their father threatened her with a gun at their home in Moss Bluff. The couple wrestled to the ground, the man dropped the gun, and one of the boys picked it up and emptied it of ammunition. A second son then got another gun and used it to order their father off of their mother, authorities said.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans-area man has admitted keeping an autistic relative captive in a tent, a shed and a cage installed for animals in the back yard of the trailer home he shared with his mother, stepfather and stepsister. Jody Lambert of Amite also admitted shoving the woman to the ground, regularly insulting and threatening her, and knowing about other physical and emotional abuse. Lambert pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of civil rights conspiracy. Prosecutors asked the judge to drop charges of forced labor, forced labor conspiracy and interference with housing.