Daughdrill pleads guilty, gets one-year sentence

By 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.