4 jailed over girl’s claim of rape at hotel 4 jailed over girl’s claim of rape at hotel Opelousas police: Investigation could lead to stronger charges Billy Gunn| firstname.lastname@example.org April 24, 2014 Comments OPELOUSAS — Two Opelousas men are facing felony counts in the rape and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in the waning hours of a drinking party in an Interstate 49 hotel room. Two other adults, one of whom is an adult female friend of the victim who took her to the party, are accused of allowing the girl to get drunk during a game involving alcohol shots in a Regency Hotel room, where the rape of the girl occurred, according to officials and investigative records. Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said police were called by the victim’s mother on Sunday, after her daughter arrived home. The girl was examined at Opelousas General Hospital, and detectives started an investigation that led to arrests Wednesday. “The victim alleges that she was raped by two young men attending the party,” Gallow stated Thursday. Antonio Thomas, 19, of Opelousas, was booked on counts of simple rape and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Darrell Reed, 21, of Opelousas, was arrested on counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. DeAndre Rideaux, 21, of Opelousas, and Kenya Major, 21, of Leonville, are accused of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. All four were released after posting bail. Sgt. Jody White said the St. Landry Parish District Attorney’s Office could pursue stronger charges such as rape and aggravated rape against Reed and Thomas once the police investigation is completed. Aggravated rape includes the sexual attack on the elderly and on victims 13 or younger. The maximum sentence in Louisiana for defendants found guilty of committing aggravated rape is life in prison at hard labor with no benefit of parole. Simple rape carries a sentence of up to 25 years with or without hard labor. According to an arrest affidavit, Major, the female friend of the victim, drove to the victim’s home. There, she received permission from the girl’s father to let her attend the party. Later that night, in the hotel room, the group was playing a game involving alcohol shots, and the 13-year-old got drunk, the affidavit said. At the hospital hours later, her blood alcohol content registered .151. According to WebMD.com, a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 is associated with slurred speech, poor coordination and slowed thinking. A level of 0.20 is associated with trouble walking, double vision, nausea and vomiting. Feeling sick and already having thrown up, the victim told investigators she lay in the hotel room bed. She said while she was lying down, Reed forced himself on her. Reed’s account differs. He admitted to having sex but claimed the girl came onto him, the report states. What the report does not explain is whether more than two people were in Room 217 of the Regency Hotel at the time. Efforts late Thursday to contact Gallow and White for clarification were unsuccessful. Throughout the narrative, alcohol consumption is blamed for the behavior. “Mr. Thomas stated that he was also intoxicated at the time of the incident and wish(ed) that he could have changed things,” according to the report. Thomas said that at one point, after drinking heavily at the hotel, he accompanied the others to a local IHOP restaurant and saw the victim throwing up. “(Thomas) advised (the victim’s) friend, Kenya Major, that they needed to help her,” the report states. Seeing Opelousas police officers also dining in the restaurant, Major told Thomas “to just chill out because if the cops find out then they would know that (the victim) was drinking and when they find out her age they will know that she was under age,” according to the report.