Bayou Gauche man faces over 100 years in prison on child molestation conviction

John Elmer, 70, of Bayou Gauche was found guilty of four counts of child molestation on Jan. 24 by a St. Charles Parish petit jury.

The jury deliberated for three hours and 21 minutes before returning its guilty verdict late Thursday night, which concluded a three-day trial prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Rochelle Champagne Fahrig and Julie Cullen.

Elmer was arrested on Dec. 27, 2017.

Judge M. Lauren Lemmon ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Elmer’s sentencing at 1 p.m. April 6.

The crimes for which Elmer was convicted involve a juvenile victim between the ages of 10 and 13.

On three of the counts, he faces a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum sentence of 99 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The fourth count carries a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. The conviction will also require Elmer to register as a sex offender for the duration of his life.

“Cases of this nature are often the most difficult to investigate and prosecute,” said District Attorney Joel T. Chaisson, II. “I applaud the work of the St. Charles Parish Sheriffs Office, especially Detective Chris Waguespack, and Assistant District Attorney Rochelle Champagne Fahrig for their handling of this case. That work gave a voice to the victim which had been held silent for many years. I commend the victim and her family for having the fortitude to endure the trial process. Because of the efforts of everyone involved, this defendant will never be able to victimize another child.”



  1. Sending prayers to the children who he touched. Praying them and their families can now move on in peace. No one should ever endure any kind of hurt to children, he will get his due on judgement day before God

  2. It is a shame… some old pervert gets his jolly’s off on a baby. My God!! The court system is f**ked up.. His sentence should have been as followed in this exact order. 1. After conviction, he should go back to the jail in a private room. Where all the victims family is awaiting for his arrival. They should put a big picture of that little girl on the wall. So, he could see her face. 2. His penis needs to be cut off immediately. 3. Her dad and brother should beat him till they can’t move. 4. A large metal dildo should be made with nails and shards of glass. “ metal so it can be heated and not melt”. Then the dildo should be forcibly inserted in his rectum repeatably. 5. His eyes should be removed after #4 is complete. 6. Repeat daily. God bless this little girl and her family. This monster will get what he deserves.

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