Massachusetts man accused of raping 3 Louisiana children 40 years ago now suspect for 1978 kidnapping

Louisiana

GRETNA, La. (AP) — (6/30/19) A Massachusetts man indicted for raping three Louisiana children 40 years ago is now a suspect in the 1978 kidnapping and murder of one of them.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports 72-year-old Jason Franklin is charged with raping Stephanie Hebert (AY’-behr), but isn’t charged in the 5-year-old Waggaman girl’s death.

Capt. Jason Rivarde says the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office identified Franklin as a suspect in spring 2018.

Hebert’s remains were found six months after she disappeared from her suburban New Orleans home.

Franklin is accused of raping Hebert sometime between 1975 and 1977.

Franklin is also charged with aggravated rapes of two other children, a boy and girl, during the same period in Jefferson Parish. Arrested in December, he remains jailed in Jefferson Parish. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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