Lafayette woman arrested in child sex trafficking probe

State Police have arrested a Lafayette woman on suspicion of child sex trafficking and aggravated rape of children, a spokesman for Troop I said Thursday.

Lorrie Anderson, 48, was arrested are her home late Wednesday following a two-week State Police investigation, Trooper Stephen Hammons said in a news release.

Hammons said State Police detectives launched their investigation after receiving a complaint about Anderson allegedly having sex with children related to her.

“During their investigation, detectives learned that on more than one occasion Anderson brought at least one child to a location in Lafayette Parish for the purpose of financial gain through child sexual acts,” Hammons said.

Hammons said the children involved in the investigation were under the age of 16 when the crimes are alleged to have occurred.

No bond had been set for Anderson as of Thursday evening, and she was being held in Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. Her initial court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

Hammons said the case remains under investigation, and more arrests are possible.

Anderson’s arrest marks the second time in less than a month that a Lafayette woman has been booked on counts of child sex trafficking.

State Police arrested Katherine Vidrine, 37, on June 25 after an investigation into her allegedly driving at least one child around Lafayette Parish for sex appointments.

Col. Mike Edmonson, State Police superintendent, said the two cases are separate, but that news reports of Vidrine’s arrest helped spur the most recent investigation.

“I am encouraged by the fact that these victims came forward because of the coverage our last arrest received,” Edmonson said in a prepared statement. “We want anyone who has been a victim to step forward and let us help you so that you do not have to live in fear anymore.”

If convicted of human sex trafficking, Anderson faces 50 years in prison and a $75,000 fine.

Aggravated rape is a capital offense, with the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison.

To report suspicion of child exploitation or other instances of forced child sexual acts, contact State Police at (337) 262-3341.