LC man convicted of aggravated rape 

Published 9:42 am Saturday, December 4, 2021

A 28-year-old Lake Charles man was convicted by a jury Friday of aggravated rape of juveniles.

In 2015, Derrick C. Withers repeatedly sexually abused two victims who ranged in age from 5 to 7 at the time of the crimes, according to prosecutors. Withers is facing a life sentence without the benefit of probation, parole, or  suspension of sentence.

“Child abuse cases are the worst of the worst. It is incredibly difficult to listen to  testimony and see evidence of these types of cases and I am thankful the jury of this trial returned a guilty verdict,” said District Attorney Stephen Dwight.

Sentencing for Withers is set for Jan. 28, before Judge Robert Wyatt.

Assistant District Attorneys Charles Robinson and Conrad Huber prosecuted the case for the  Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.