UNION PARISH (News Release) – A convicted rapist from Claiborne Parish has been charged with raping a 17-year-old female inmate inside the Union Parish Detention Center while he is awaiting sentencing on Tuesday.
Union Parish sheriff’s deputies said Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, of Homer, has been charged with third-degree rape after being allowed inside an isolation cell with the teenager after she was booked into the detention center April 19 high on methamphetamine. The Union Parish Police Jury operates the detention center.
According to the arrest affidavit, Peyton even admitted after being read his Miranda rights that UPDC staff opened the isolation cell door for him to enter and again when he got ready to leave. He admitted to having had sex twice with the victim while inside the cell.
Deputies were told by the victim that she could not remember much about the incident because she was heavily under the influence of meth at that time. The detention center’s registered nurse, confirmed to deputies that the victim was still “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the rape.
The victim told detectives that at one time during the encounter, she remembered a woman guard walking up to the cell and opening the door, but did nothing. The victim said she was afraid to say anything for fear of her life.
Detectives also reported that Peyton had written a letter to the victim after the rape stating that she could possibly be carrying his child. Detention center personnel had turned the letter over to the detectives.
District Attorney John Belton said his office take sexual assault cases very seriously and will work closely with law enforcement during its continuing investigation.
“I have every confidence that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate this case and proceed as the investigation results require,” Belton said. “Our goal will be to bring fitting consequences to bear on any person who commits a crime of this nature.”
Sheriff’s detectives said they are continuing the investigation and that more arrests are possible.
Detectives said sheriff’s officials in Claiborne Parish told them that Peyton is known as a serial rapist and that he had been convicted of aggravated rape. The Union Parish Detention Center was holding Peyton until his Tuesday sentencing date in the Second Judicial District Court at Homer. He faces a maximum sentence of life without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
His bond in Union Parish has been set at $250,000. Peyton was booked on the additional rape count Wednesday.
Rape @ Union Parish Detention Center