Rape @ Union Parish Detention Center

Inmate raped inside Union Parish Detention Center


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.


7 Responses to “Rape @ Union Parish Detention Center”

  1. biggs Says:

    Officers should be suspended immediately without pay.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Oldman Says:

    Looks as we need to go back to the old ways of dealing with crime,no repeat offenders that way. He will go to the pen for the rest of his life if convicted ,three meals a day,roof over his head,medical paid for,tv,lay on his butt all day and we the taxpayers will foot his bill. That should not be. He choose to live his life that way so he should pay the full cost. I never could see the purpose of a life sentence anyway.

  3. TooLateNow Says:

    What idiot scum turned this predator in on this girl? They ought to be convicted also.

    • Oldman Says:

      Yes everyone that knew this was going on should be charged the same as the rapist. If you only knew what went on in these prisons it would turn your stomach. When you have crooks guarding crooks this kind of thing happens often.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    No such charge as ‘third degree rape.’ There’s aggravated rape, forcible rape, and simple rape. The incapacitated condition of the victim makes this simple rape.

    • Anonymous Says:


    • James Says:

      14§43. Third degree rape
      A. Third degree rape is a rape committed when the anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse is deemed to be without the lawful consent of a victim because it is committed under any one or more of the following circumstances:
      (1) When the victim is incapable of resisting or of understanding the nature of the act by reason of a stupor or abnormal condition of mind produced by an intoxicating agent or any cause and the offender knew or should have known of the victim’s incapacity.
      (2) When the victim, through unsoundness of mind, is temporarily or permanently incapable of understanding the nature of the act and the offender knew or should have known of the victim’s incapacity.
      (3) When the victim submits under the belief that the person committing the act is someone known to the victim, other than the offender, and such belief is intentionally induced by any artifice, pretense, or concealment practiced by the offender.
      (4) When the offender acts without the consent of the victim.
      B. Whoever commits the crime of third degree rape shall be imprisoned at hard labor, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, for not more than twenty-five years.
      C. For all purposes, “simple rape” and “third degree rape” mean the offense defined by the provisions of this Section and any reference to the crime of simple rape is the same as a reference to the crime of third degree rape. Any act in violation of the provisions of this Section committed on or after August 1, 2015, shall be referred to as “third degree rape”.
      Acts 1978, No. 239, §1; Acts 1990, No. 722, §1; Acts 1995, No. 946, §2; Acts 1997, No. 862, §1; Acts 2001, No. 131, §1; Acts 2001, No. 301, §1; Acts 2003, No. 232, §1; Acts 2003, No. 759, §1; Acts 2010, No. 359, §1; Acts 2015, No. 184, §1; Acts 2015, No. 256, §1.

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