Belle Rose Man Pleads Guilty to Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile in Ascension

          On July 25, 2017, Vernell Hogan of 173 Frank Ln. Belle Rose, LA., age 59, pled guilty to Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. Hogan was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors after Hogan inappropriately touched a 13 year old girl. 

          On September 3, 2014, detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after receiving information that a 13 year old girl had been inappropriately touched by a relative on multiple occasions since the girl was approximately 10 years of age. During the investigation, the juvenile victim was interviewed and told officials that Vernell Hogan had inappropriately touched her several times. Hogan was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. Prior to this plea, Hogan maintained his innocence.  

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge LeBlanc ordered that Hogan be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 10 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that 2 years of the imposed sentence are to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, and upon release, Hogan is to register and notify as a sex offender or child predator.