Sex offender convicted of crimes against children sentenced to 120 years in jail
POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:17pm
LAKE CHARLES, LA (NBC33) — A Louisiana man was sentenced to 120 years in prison for sex offenses against juveniles that spans decades.
Charles Bergeron was sentenced on Tuesday, June 13 by Judge Clayton Davis in a Lake Charles court room. He was originally charged with 76 counts of child sex crimes. However, on April 17, 2012, Bergeron pleaded guilty to 25 various counts.
Those charges include twelve counts of Indecent Behavior of a Juvenile (7 years for each count), twelve counts of Oral Sexual Battery (10 years on each count), and Second-Degree Sexual Battery (15 years).
Bergeron has an extensive criminal history regarding child sex crimes. His first arrest was in 1975. By 2008 he had been arrested an additional 15 times for similar crimes against juveniles. That same year he was charged with a total of 50 counts of sex crimes against children. His bond was set at $9.5 million.
Bergeron’s victims are said to range in age from young children to teenagers, both male and female.
In 2011 he was arrested for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender and waived the right to a trial by jury. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, for which he is currently serving a sentence.
We’re told additional victims continue to come forward alleging abuse by Bergeron. Victims of sexual crimes have 30 years after their 18th birthday to report incidents to law enforcement.
Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Guillory prosecuted the case.