A Louisiana judge was found guilty of inappropriately touching multiple teenage girls, who were reportedly friends with his daughter.
St. John Parish Judge Jeff Perilloux was convicted by a six-person jury on Saturday after roughly an hour of deliberation on three felony counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to NOLA.com. He was also found guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery.
The underage encounters, which date back to the spring of 2017, allegedly unfolded during Perilloux’s first year in office, NOLA.com reported. The disgraced judge has been suspended for approximately the past two years, according to the Associated Press.
In one instance, a 15-year-old teen alleged the St. John Parish judge touched her breast while giving her a back massage. Another girl complained about Perilloux also rubbing Vick’s VapoRub onto her chest during a sleepover. She claimed the incident occurred in the family’s kitchen while Perilloux was in his underwear, according to NOLA.com.
Perilloux was also accused of inappropriately rubbing sunscreen over one of the teenage victim’s bodies after she declined that he touch her.
Perilloux, who previously testified at his own trial, flatly denied the girls’ accusations during trial.
“No sir, I didn’t do it at all, for one second,” Perilloux told prosecutors under examination earlier this month.
His lawyers, who also blasted Perilloux’s accusers in court on Saturday, said the teenage victims “did not tell the truth.”
“I hate like heck to stand up here and call a young lady a liar,” Perilloux’s defense attorney, Jim Williams said.
Perilloux’s daughters, who were present for some of the incidents, also played down the accusations in their testimony, the newspaper reported.
“I believe I treated them all like daughters and did a lot of nice things for them,” Perilloux said.
Perilloux wasn’t remanded into custody following his guilty verdict. The former judge’s sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 15, NOLA.come reported.
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