OPELOUSAS — A St. Landry Parish grand jury has decided that rape charges should not be pursued against the husband and wife owners of the Pig Stand restaurant in Ville Platte and six others in an investigation of the alleged molestation of three girls in Church Point.
The grand jury declined to indict Pig Stand owners Barry Paul Giglio, 57, and Marla Giglio, 51, on charges of aggravated rape, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office on Friday.
“The justice system worked. I believed in the justice system, and it showed to be true to me,” Barry Giglio said when reached by phone Friday at his home in Ville Platte.
The case garnered widespread media coverage, and Barry Giglio said business at his restaurant, a Ville Platte institution, has suffered.
Giglio said he plans to hold a news conference at the restaurant in the near future to discuss further details of the case.
The grand jury also declined rape charges against John Wayne Stelly, 57, of Church Point; Alice Stelly, 55, of Church Point; Jennifer Stelly, 31, of Ville Platte; Lawrence Sidney Ricks Jr., 35, of Ventress; Marty Blood, 42, of St. Landry; and Brandy Blood, 27, of St. Landry, the news release says.
The grand jury made no decision on whether to pursue other sex charges against John Wayne Stelly and Alice Stelly, according to the news release.
Those two cases could be revisited, but First Assistant District Attorney Frank Trosclair Jr. declined comment about the future of the investigation through a spokeswoman for the office.
Trosclair also declined comment on any other aspects of the case.
The eight people were booked in May in an investigation of allegations that three girls, all then under the age of 9, were forced to have sex with adults at a home in Church Point in October 2010.
Authorities have said little about the investigation other than that it began based on information from the state Department of Children and Family Services.