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Tow truck driver gets 6 years for sexual battery of clients

Tow truck driver gets 6 years for sexual battery of clients

Author: Action News 17/Monday, June 10, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Crime

From District Attorney Warren Montgomery:
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Dale Boudreaux, Jr., 53, of Covington, was sentenced Monday (June 10) to a total of six years in prison for three counts of sexual battery, involving women he was assisting as a tow truck driver.

District Judge William Knight sentenced Boudreaux to six years on each count, and the sentences are to be served at the same time. Boudreaux also was required to register as a sex offender.

During the one-day trial last month, three victims testified that on different occasions between June and October 2014, Boudreaux was called to assist them with towing a vehicle, but he took advantage of their vulnerability and touched them sexually without their permission. In one instance, he tried unsuccessfully to force the victim to perform oral sex on him. Boudreaux testified in his own defense, denying all of the allegations.

One of the victims described in a written statement to the court the aftermath of the crime on her and her family. She said she had known Boudreaux for 25 years and didn’t hesitate to call him when her vehicle needed to be towed. But she said that afterwards, she developed panic attacks and anxiety in social situations where many men were present.

“For four long years, I lived in fear that he would find me and do it again, or do something much worse…,” she wrote.

“After I reported the crime I moved eight hours away. I refused to visit my daughter much out of fear I would run into him…What he caused in my life is awful.”
She described those who were hurt by Boudreaux as survivors. “I said survivors and not victims,” she wrote. “I want him to know I fear him no more because fear equals control and I will not allow him to control the beautiful life I have with my husband, son, daughter, stepson, and all of my family, friends and loved ones.”

Assistant District Attorneys William Macke and Sharry Scott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Covington Police Department and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
 
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