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How police abandoned Crysta Abelseth, which resulted in the alleged rapist getting custody of the child she gave birth to after the attack

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“Our department absolutely dropped the ball, and we just have to admit our mistake,” the sheriff said in a statement

This article contains information about sexual assault that may be traumatic for some readers. Discretion is recommended.

TANGIPAHOA, LOUISIANA: Crysta Abelseth previously claimed that John Barnes raped and impregnated her in 2005 when she was 16 and he was 30. She told WBRZ that the defendant promised to drive her home from a local restaurant after a night out with friends. “Instead of taking me home, he took me to his house. Once inside, he raped me on his living room couch,” Abelseth said of John Barnes. In addition, in May this year a judge awarded the defendant custody of the child born of the crime and ordered his minor victim to pay child support. Well, the latest update on the case is a sheriff named Daniel Edwards who accepts that his office was lax in investigating the rape case.

The statement from the Louisiana sheriff, who was then responsible for assigning investigations, came into the picture as the department closed its investigation into the complaint, which was first filed in 2015. He said, “Our department absolutely dropped the ball and we just have to admit our mistake.” Now the case has been referred to prosecutors, who will take a call asking if charges should be filed, if so, what those charges would be will be.

Statement by Daniel Edwards

Outrage after judge awarded woman’s alleged rapist custody of their child and CHILD ALERT FOR HIM!

The statement shared by WBRZ read, “Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on June 15, 2022, the case involving allegations against 46-year-old John Barnes of Ponchatoula, LA, who has received widespread media attention, was turned over to prosecutors.”

It continued, “This decision was made after the investigation uncovered many layers and complexities surrounding the case, including violations of the law that were in effect during the 2005 period when the incident occurred. Due to the sensitive nature of cases involving sexual assault victims and juveniles, the sheriff’s office, along with other law enforcement agencies, does not have the luxury of releasing detailed information to the public, in a statement released yesterday (June 14) signed the Judge of the Family Court of the 21 “, which allows court documents relating to this case to be made available to the public through the Tangipahoa Municipality Court Clerk’s Office. In tracing this case back to the date the original complaint was filed on July 1, 2015 was filed, it was determined that the report never made it through the proper channels within the department to be investigated, so our department dropped the ball entirely and we simply have to admit our mistake. However, this is a bug that just never was a problem before or since, and we need to make sure it stays that way. The Tangipahoa Community Sheriff’s Office reviewed and identified the outage related to the complainant’s original complaint. Since then, departmental procedures have been improved and steps taken to ensure that public reports are never overlooked or mishandled. Especially the cases in which crimes against our youth are alleged.”

It continued, “The Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting children and will do everything possible to protect the youth of our community from abuse and neglect. Also, it is important to note that the complainant only investigated this matter in April 2022. Upon receiving the notification, a team of investigators were assigned and worked diligently to investigate the facts surrounding the case. Due to the complexity of their findings, the case was handed over to the prosecutor’s office.

Post this, many reacted to the sheriff’s statements. One wrote: “Can you give a young girl back to her mother? How does a rapist even get custody if the sheriff hasn’t put it down for investigation. How many other women have reported rapes that were “never assigned.” And how many caring mothers have lost custody of children to abusers?” Another user said, pointing to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who happens to be the sheriff’s older brother: “Your brother is the sheriff who was in the rape case, in in which a rape victim’s daughter was handed over to her alleged rapist “dropped the ball”. – the rapist who allegedly threatened his victim with his “connections”. Are you and your brother “connections”? Judge Cashe?

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