A 20-year-old Central man who had a sexual relationship with a girl five years his junior was accused of raping her because he first had sex with her when she was 12, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Roman Chase Jannise, 10444 Blackwater Road, admitted to sheriff’s deputies that he had spent Friday night with a 15-year-old girl who had snuck out of her parent’s house, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
The girl, who was reported as a runaway by her parents early Saturday, told detectives that after she snuck out, she asked Jannise to pick her up, and the two had consensual sex at Jannise’s apartment, the report says.
Jannise said he dropped the girl off at a Wal-Mart parking lot Saturday morning. She told detectives that she called her stepmother and asked her to pick her up and take her home.
The report says Jannise told detectives he’d lied to the girl’s father, who had called him, asking if Jannise knew where his daughter was.
The victim said she and Jannise had known each other for about two years, according to the report. She told detectives that over the past several months, the two had communicated regularly by sending text messages, and Jannise would pick her up and take her to his apartment “so that the two of them could engage in sex intercourse,” the report says.
In an interview with detectives, Jannise said he had a sexual relationship with the girl and that he’d known her for several years, according to the report. He also told them that the two had sex “approximately three years ago,” the report says, making him 17 years old and the victim approximately 12.
Under Louisiana law, having sex with anyone under the age of 13 constitutes first-degree rape which, if convicted, carries a mandatory life without parole sentence.
Jannise was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday night on counts of first-degree rape, carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Bail for Jannise was set at $35,000.
* This story was edited after publication to include Jannise’s middle name.