Laplace Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Carnal Knowledge and Intentional Exposure To Aids Virus Charges in St. James Parish

            On March 10, 2017, former St. John Parish Sheriff’s deputy, Barlon Cammon, of 2324 Yorktown Dr. Laplace, LA., age 33, pleaded guilty to the charges of Felony Carnal Knowledge and Intentional Exposure to Aids Virus. Cammon was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robin O’Bannon, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following reported sexual intercourse between Cammon and an underage male subject. 

            Between the dates of January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013, Barlon Cammon, who knew he was infected with the AIDS virus, engaged in sexual intercourse with an underage male subject in St. James Parish. Cammon failed to inform the victim that he was diagnosed with AIDS before engaging in the sexual activity, as required by Louisiana law.  

            Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Cammon be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a total of 20 years at hard labor with credit for time served. On the charge of Intentional Exposure to the Aids Virus, Cammon was sentenced to the maximum time allowed by law- ten years in the Department of Corrections at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. On the charge of Felony Carnal Knowledge, Cammon also was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served. Five years of the sentence imposed for Felony Carnal Knowledge was suspended and upon his release from the Department of Corrections, he will be on five years’ probation and required to register as a sex offender. The imposed sentences are to run consecutive to one another and concurrent with any other sentences in other jurisdictions.  

           Additionally, the District Attorney’s Office requested, as a special condition of probation, that the court order the defendant to pay an amount of money to the victim to compensate him for his loss and inconvenience pursuant to Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure article 895.1(B)(5). After listening to victim impact evidence given by the victim, his mother and another family member, Judge Stromberg ordered Barlon Cammon to pay to the victim five hundred thousand and 00/100 ($500,000.00) dollars.