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Lake Charles man pleads guilty to indecent behavior with a juvenile

Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:02 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A man accused of sexually abusing a young girl pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

David Bird Tarver, 71, entered an Alford plea — which isn’t an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgement that there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Tarver faces between two and 25 years in prison. Prosecutors said they will seek the maximum penalty.

Tarver was originally charged with three counts of sexual battery, one count of molestation and one count of indecent behavior.

Prosecutor Shunette Thomas-Jordan said Tarver began giving the victim massages when she was 11 years old and progressed to fondling and then oral sex. Thomas-Jordan said Tarver also watched porn, including bestiality, in the girl’s presence.

Tarver appeared hesitant at times as he answered Judge Clayton Davis’ questions, and said he initially understood that he would face between zero and 25 years. Davis told him the sentence was between two and 25 years. The judge told Tarver he wanted to be certain he understood; Tarver said he did.

Once Tarver is released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years, Davis told him.

“Should I live long enough to get out, would I have to register in Calcasieu or could I register in Texas?” said Tarver, who used headphones in court to help him hear.

Tarver will be sentenced Nov. 20.

Tarver gave his address as a home on Tom Hebert Road, then said “that’s where I used to live before they stole my house.”

He has been held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $800,000 bond since his arrest in March 2012.

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