October 21, 2020
Dan Copp
Houma Today

A Houma man was arrested for sex crimes committed for over 20 years involving victims in Terrebonne and Lafourche, authorities said.
David Todd, 61, is charged with molestation of a juvenile in Terrebonne and aggravated crimes against nature, first-degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile, aggravated incest, aggravated rape and child molestation in Lafourche, authorities said.

He was originally taken into custody Sept. 24 in Terrebonne, where he remains incarcerated on a $1.65 million bond. He’s accused of victimizing four children in several incidents over a period of two decades, authorities said.

His most recent charges were filed Monday, authorities said. Those include the aggravated Incest, aggravated rape and molestation of a juvenile charges.

Detectives responded to a complaint that Todd had sexually abused a relative under the age of 16, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Detectives later learned that the suspect had abused another relative, who was under 13. The abuse allegedly occurred multiple times.

Investigators gathered information that Todd had sexually abused yet another relative in the past, authorities said.

Terrebonne and Lafourche investigators worked closely together to gather evidence that led to Todd’s arrest, authorities said.

“Compassion and investigative abilities were both required for these cases,” Terrebonne Sheriff Tim Soignet said. “I am grateful for the hard work our detectives did, as well as the dedication of Sheriff Craig Webre’s detectives in Lafourche Parish. We are always stronger together.”

Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre said cases that involve “such heinous crimes can be a strain to all involved.”

“With multiple incidents and victims over such a long period of time, it was great to have the assistance of Sheriff Soignet and his staff on this case,” Webre said. “Now, as this moves through the justice system, we hope the families involved can at least begin the healing process.”

If convicted of first-degree rape, Todd could face life in prison without probation, parole or early release.


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