A former state trooper with a Minden mailing address but a Claiborne Parish physical address will be sentenced in district court May 3 for sex crimes.
Mark Eric Keough entered a plea of guilty to Judge Walter E. May in Claiborne Parish to aggravated incest, 2 counts of aggravated crimes against nature, second degree rape and 16 counts of pornography involving juveniles.
According to a press release from District Attorney Danny Newell, Keough faces up to 20 years on each count of pornography, 40 years on the rape charge and 99 years in prison on the charges of aggravated incest and aggravated crimes against nature.
“As a result of the guilty plea, Keough waived any right to appeal the conviction, and this also spared the victim from being forced to relive these horrific crimes at trial,” Newell said. “This conviction is a testament to the outstanding working relationship between our office and the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, as well as the relentless efforts that are being made by each of our agencies to keep our community safe.”
Keough’s plea follows a complaint made by the victim to the sheriff’s office. The investigation revealed the defendant had sexually abused a female family member from the time she was 9 years old until she turned 15.
“The victim in this case is a true hero,” Newell said. “As a result of her courage, a sexual predator is behind bars, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of his job, position or rank in the community.”
Keough resigned from his position as a Louisiana Troop G state trooper in 2011. Prior to that, he worked at the Minden Police Department.
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