District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Ross Patrick Bernard, Sr. (41) of Ponchatoula interrupted the second day of his trial Tuesday (February 27, 2018) by pleading guilty to two counts of forcible rape, seven counts of sexual battery, and one count of failure to make required notification as a sex offender. District Judge Martin E. Coady effectively sentenced Bernard to a total of 99 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
Over a period of 20 years, Bernard victimized more than seven juveniles ranging in age from ten to sixteen. Bernard, who was a registered sex offender in Tangipahoa Parish, had failed to register in St. Tammany Parish when he moved to Slidell in December 2015.
Several victims and their family members gave impact statements prior to sentencing.
“I’m glad justice was served for all of the children he hurt,” said the family member of one victim. “He’s going to pay for what he did to all these children.”
Judge Coady said the victims’ pain is hard to imagine. “You victimized them for your own perverted reasons,” Coady said.