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Daughdrill pleads guilty, gets one-year sentence

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 2:07 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Heather Daughdrill entered a guilty plea in 14th Judicial District Court on Tuesday to felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and was sentenced to a year in prison as part of a plea agreement that mirrors the one she entered in Beauregard Parish.

Daughdrill, 29, of Westlake, was accused of having sex with a 13-year-old boy. She faced four counts of carnal knowledge, eight counts of sexual battery, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of contributing to a juvenile’s delinquency.

Daughdrill, who faced up to 10 years in prison, was sentenced to five years in prison, with four years suspended. She must serve five years’ probation, register as a sex offender for 15 years and not be associated with anyone under the age of 17, except for her son.

Reading the prosecution’s case, assistant district attorney Cynthia Guillory said Daughdrill had a sexual relationship from June 2011 through October 2011 with a 13-year-old boy who was her helper in a Bible class.

The two became friends and began exchanging text messages, Guillory said. The relationship eventually became sexual, advancing to intercourse, she said. Daughdrill had sexual encounters with the boy in Beauregard and Calcasieu, including at her home, Guillory said.

Dressed in sneakers and her prison jumpsuit, Daughdrill said little Tuesday, mostly answering Judge Ron Ware’s questions.

“When these things happen, you’re not the only one that’s affected,” Ware told Daughdrill.

“I’ve learned that,” she replied.

Daughdrill pleaded guilty to one count of felony carnal knowledge in Beauregard in September and was sentenced to one year in prison. The sentences are to run concurrent.

Guillory said the victim’s family was consulted before the District Attorney’s Office agreed to the plea deal.

“With all candor to the court, of course they wanted more time, but they understand what we’re doing,” Guillory said.

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