West Feliciana Sheriff Austin Daniel said DNA evidence from both the 13-year-old girl and the 40-year-old inmate who were found walking out of the bathroom at the Angola Rodeo in late October shows there was no sexual contact between the two.
"At approximately 12:45 p.m. today, we were notified by the State Police crime lab that the evidence that was submitted substantiated that no sexual activity had occurred," Daniel said Thursday at a press conference about the Oct. 29 incident.
Daniel confirmed that neither the juvenile nor the inmate, identified as Laderrick Davis, ever told authorities there was any sexual contact or rape.
Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said sexual assault examinations, commonly known as 'rape kits,' were administered for both the juvenile and the inmate as a precautionary measure.
“We want to make sure that nothing happened,” LeBlanc said.
Daniel said a Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola corrections officer noticed the girl and inmate coming out of the bathroom together Oct. 29, the last weekend of the rodeo.
"They were immediately isolated and questioned," Daniel said. "At no point in the interview did the juvenile say that she was raped. She strongly denied any sexual activity had occurred. The inmate also denied any sexual activity had occurred."
WBRZ-TV, citing anonymous sources, reported earlier this week that a 13-year-old girl said she had sex with Davis during the encounter. Because of her age, even if the sexual contact were consensual, it would still be a crime.
Daniel said his deputies began an investigation into the incident when it was first reported, and while they've since ruled out sexual conduct, the investigation continues.
They are still investigating how the inmate and juvenile ended up in the bathroom together at the rodeo and if any other crimes may have occurred in the incident.
"We are working closely with the Sheriff's Office and Angola officials to determine whether a crime actually occurred," said West Feliciana District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla. "If a crime occured, (Davis) is going to be appropriately charged."
Department of Corrections spokesman Gary Young said while there's no policy barring inmates from sharing the bathroom with the general public at the rodeo, it is not supposed to happen.
"It's just common sense, it should never happen," Young said. "As with any type of serious situation that we have, we will review those policies, we will go through rodeo security protocols to ensure this never happens again."
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He also noted that it was Angola security staff who initially reported the incident when discovered.
Department of Corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick said Davis, who is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder for a killing in Caddo Parish, has been moved from Angola to David Wade Correctional Center in Homer. Pastorick said Davis was moved for his personal safety.
Authorities declined to say if the juvenile and Davis previously knew each other.