Last Modified: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:34 PM
A 14-year-old girl was held against her will for nearly a week, during which time she was beaten, forced to perform sex acts and made to take drugs, authorities said.
Lacey Cheree Dronet, 30, 4520 W. Quail Hollow Drive, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree kidnapping, molestation of a juvenile, four counts of cruelty to a juvenile and drug distribution to a minor.
While staying at a family member’s house, the 14-year-old girl willingly went with Dronet on July 12, but Dronet then refused to allow her to go home, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Dronet did not let the girl return home until July 18, when an acquaintance of Dronet’s learned detectives were looking for the girl and took her home, Myers said.
Sheriff Tony Mancuso said detectives believed the girl was with Dronet.
“It just became a very bad, volatile situation,” he said. “We were very concerned about it. We’re glad she’s OK, but certainly she was sexually assaulted, among all the other things that happened to her.”
Dronet “had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim and also provided and encouraged her to use cocaine and methamphetamine,” Myers said.
Dronet denied the girl’s requests to return home and to use the phone, Myers said.
The victim tried to leave, but Dronet grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the floor, Myers said.
Dronet also punched the girl in the face, causing bruising and swelling to her left eye; choked her, leaving red marks on both sides of her throat; bit her on the face; hit her and slapped her on the legs, leaving a bruise in the shape of a handprint; and held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her, Myers said.
Dronet took the girl to at least five locations in Calcasieu Parish against her will, Myers said.
“It really is disheartening that we have people in society that are capable of doing these things, but unfortunately we do,” Mancuso said.
Judge David Ritchie set Dronet’s bond at $650,000.
Mancuso said more arrests aren’t expected.
In March 2005, Dronet pleaded guilty to possession of hydrocodone and was sentenced to two years’ probation, according to court documents.
Dronet was brought back before the court in June 2005 on charges of violating probation when she was arrested in Hill County, Texas, and charged with assault causing bodily injury. She was in Texas without the permission of her probation officer.
She also failed to file monthly supervision reports or make payments toward probation supervision fees. However, after two years serving probation, she received an automatic first-offender pardon in December 2007.
The sheriff cautioned parents “when you entrust people with your kids, all I can say — not as sheriff but as a dad — make sure you know who your kids are going with and trust that they are going to take the same amount of care that you are going to take with them.
“Unfortunately sometimes we think that and believe that, and unfortunately we don’t know people as well as we (think) and that’s scary.”
Mancuso said he didn’t say that to blame the girl’s parents, but “as a safety measure so maybe we can prevent this from happening again.”