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A Washington Parish man, Billy Crain, Jr., has been arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on two counts of forcible rape.

On June 20, the Sheriff’s Office received a report from Riverside Medical Center that an adult female was at the hospital seeking medical attention as the result of an alleged rape. Sheriff’s Office Detective Raymond Myers responded along with Melissa Creel of the Washington Parish Rape Crisis Center.

The victim stated that she was raped in a rural area of the parish and then abandoned, forcing her to walk twenty minutes to the nearest residence. Other details of the rape are being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Detectives identified Billy Crain, Jr., 24, as the alleged rapist and learned that he was a suspect in a 2011 rape of a juvenile female. The 2011 case was revisited as a “cold case” investigation.  As a result of the investigation of both rapes, Crain was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail on June 23. He remains in the jail with bond set at $151,050 for two counts of forcible rape and assorted misdemeanors.

After his arrest, Crain stated he was innocent of the rapes and requested a polygraph examination. Major Thomas Mitchell, Rayburn Correctional Center administered the polygraph. Afterwards, Crain confessed to both rapes.

If convicted of forcible rape, Crain faces the possibility of not less than five years nor more than 40 years of confinement on each count.

Sheriff Seal was quick to compliment Detective Myers for his work in completing the investigation and promptly arresting Crain. “These are horrible crimes which defy the imagination.  I am so pleased with the investigation by Detective Myers and the assistance of RCC Major Thomas Mitchell and Melissa Creel from the Rape Crisis Center.  As a team, they worked together to bring this investigation to a conclusion and to provide justice for the two victims. Anyone who commits such a crime in Washington Parish deserves to be locked in jail and our Office will always do all it can to make sure criminals like this get what they deserve.  Mr. Crain’s fate is now in the hands of the District Attorney and the judicial system.  I am confident that he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by our laws.”

Sheriff Seal went on to say, “If anyone in our parish is the victim of any type of sexual assault, I encourage them to contact our office.  We will protect the identity of the victim and we will do all within our means to locate the offender and bring him or her to justice.”

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