La. man goes on trial for incest

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 22, 2009

VIDALIA — A Concordia Parish man went on trial on charges of aggravated incest Wednesday.

Charles Ables faces charges of four counts of aggravated incest. The case involves one alleged victim.

He was initially arrested in January 2007, but the case was delayed several times. One judge — Leo Boothe — recused himself from the matter, citing personality conflicts with Ables’ attorney.

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During Wednesday’s proceedings, the only witness to speak was Mckenzie Gauthier, a social worker formerly affiliated with the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center who interviewed the victim.

The case is being argued before Judge Glenn Gremillion, and is being heard by a six-person jury.

The penalty of conviction for aggravated incest carries a minimum sentence of five years prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years per count, District Attorney Brad Burget said.

Conviction with a six-person jury requires a unanimous vote.

The court recessed the matter at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and Gremillion told the jury the case would likely go well into the evening Thursday.