Bayou Gauche man gets maximum jail time for molesting a juvenile

Found guilty of four counts of molesting a juvenile, John Elmer, 70, has been sentenced to the maximum jail time provided by law.

On Monday (June 17), Judge M. Lauren Lemmon sentenced the Bayou Gauche man to 99 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections (LAC) on three of the counts and ordered those sentences to run concurrently. On the final count, Lemmon sentenced Elmer to 20 years with the LAC and ordered that sentence be served consecutively to the 99-year sentence.

Elmer was found guilty by a St. Charles Parish jury on Jan. 24.

“The sentence imposed in this case is most appropriate in light of the facts and the lack of remorse shown by the defendant,” said District Attorney Joel T. Chaisson, II.

“The victim in this case endured unspeakable horror and trauma at the hands of this evil man,” Chaisson said. “She and her family deserve the opportunity to start their lives over without fear and it is my sincerest hope that this sentence will lay the foundation for that journey of healing.”

The jury deliberated 3-1/2 hours before returning its guilty verdict, which concluded a three-day trial prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Rochelle Champagne Fahrig and Julie Cullen.

Elmer was arrested on Dec. 27, 2017.

The conviction will also require Elmer register as a sex offender for the duration of his life.

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