LAFAYETTE — A woman indicted last year on child rape, child sex trafficking and other sex charges involving two minors pleaded no contest Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to five years at hard labor.
Lorrie Anderson, 49, of Lafayette, entered a no contest plea to one count each of molestation of a juvenile and human trafficking, reflecting a plea deal made with 15th Judicial District prosecutors.
Judge Glennon Everett sentenced Anderson to 10 years at hard labor without parole on the trafficking charge, then suspended five years of that sentence.
Everett then sentenced Anderson to five years on the molestation charge. The judge said Anderson will serve both sentences at the same time.
Anderson was scheduled for trial Monday, but took the plea deal instead.
She was arrested in July 2013 following a two-week State Police investigation into allegations she was having sex with two children and driving them to sex appointments with customers.
State Police last year said they investigated Anderson after hearing reports she was having sex with siblings, a young boy and girl.
According to an indictment handed up Sept. 19, Anderson was charged with engaging in sexual encounters with the children, raping them and prostituting the children to clients.
However, sealed records were introduced in the case purporting to be evidence that helped Anderson’s legal fight.
Roger Hamilton, a prosecutor with the Lafayette Parish District Attorney’s Office, said he could not comment directly on what was in the sealed file.
“My job here is to pursue justice based upon the law and evidence,” Hamilton said.
The current legal mother of the children awaited Anderson’s sentence with a crowd of motorcyclists with Bikers Against Child Abuse.
She said she didn’t think the sentence fit Anderson’s crime.
“We’re happy that something is being done, but there’s never enough done,” she said.