Louisiana man charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A 71-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape over allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving minors.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets the allegations against Harvey Joseph Fountain date to the 1970s.

The sheriff’s office says deputies received a tip on April 1 that Fountain was sexually involved with juveniles, and an investigation found evidence supporting the allegations.

Fountain was arrested on 50 counts of first-degree rape on April 9. Days later, additional victims were identified — the sheriff’s office isn’t saying how many — and 50 more counts were added.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. It’s unclear if Fountain has a lawyer.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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