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Lake Charles man, woman accused of rape

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:49 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Lake Charles man and woman pleaded not guilty in state district court Monday to accusations that they raped a 10-year-old girl.

Ryan Crenna Garcia, 48, and Olivia Odetta Obrien, 19, both of 2808 Church Street, were arrested in August and charged with aggravated rape.

A trial date was set for February 10.

Garcia was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender. In 2003, Garcia was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Florida.

Both are being held at Calcasieu Correctional Center, Garcia on $600,000 bond and Obrien on $260,000 bond.

Also Monday, Gerald Brent DeBarge was arraigned on a stalking charge.

DeBarge, 48, pleaded not guilty in state district court to stalking. A trial date was set for Jan. 6.

DeBarge, who has faced stalking charges in the past and has been in jail at Calcasieu Correctional Center for more than a year, received the latest charge for allegedly sending a letter to a person whom he had been ordered not to contact, authorities said.

DeBarge, known for his letter writing, had had his letter-writing privileges revoked and had only recently had them reinstated when the letter was sent, authorities said.

In January, DeBarge was found guilty of injuring a police dog during an August 2012 arrest on a stalking charge. He represented himself during his trial.

DeBarge is being held on $100,000 bond — $50,000 on the staking charge and $25,000 each on two counts of violations of protective orders.

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