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October 26, 2022

Bogalusa Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Sexual Assault of Victim Under 13

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on Monday (October 24, 2022), Gary Wayne Dyson, age 48 and of Bogalusa, Louisiana, pled guilty to sexual battery of a child under 13, molestation of a juvenile, sexual battery and oral sexual battery. District Judge Raymond Childress presided over the case. Dyson was sentenced to 40 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The victim and her mother were in support of the plea terms and were present for the plea. Both gave victim impact statements to the court.

On September 23, 2019, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was called to the victim’s home. The mother of the victim had been alerted that the defendant, her boyfriend, had possibly sexually abused juvenile family members in the past. The juvenile victim in this case was asked if the defendant had molested her and she admitted that he’d been abusing her for several years, starting when the victim was approximately nine years old.

During the police investigation, the defendant confessed to engaging in sexual acts with the victim but attempted to claim the victim had initiated them. Following publicity of the defendant’s crime, several other victims contacted police to disclose they, too, had been sexually abused by the defendant many years ago.

Assistant District Attorneys Luke Lancaster and Ian Dover prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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