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A 71-year-old man from Louisiana has been charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape, allegations which date back to the 1970s.
Earlier this month, Rapides Parish Sheriff deputies received a complaint of possible criminal sexual conduct involving juveniles, according to the sheriff’s office. Harvey Joseph Fountain was accused of raping juveniles while at various locations he lived at in the Pineville area, according to these complaints.
“The crimes allegedly began in the early 1970s and continued through the early 1980s,” the office wrote. The initial report led to the elderly man being arrested on a whopping 50 counts of first degree rape.
Fountain was arrested on April 9 and held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
While jailed, detectives continued their investigation, which led to additional alleged victims. As a result, an additional 50 counts of rape were tacked on. Fountain, in turn, was re-arrested and re-booked on the new charges.
Details about the alleged rapes have not yet been disclosed. It's not clear if all the alleged rapes involve juveniles or just some of them.
It's unclear if Fountain has a lawyer at this time.
In the state of Louisiana, first-degree rape is a capital offense. There is no statute of limitations on such charges.
A grand jury is expected to soon consider the case, the sheriff's office told KALB-TV in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and it appears they are looking for more alleged victims.
They urge anyone with information to call Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Main Office (318) 473-6700, Detective Jason Brumfield (318) 484-7350, Detectives (318) 473-6727, or Crime Stoppers at (318) 443-7867.
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