Man convicted for sex crimes in Webster facing sentencing in Claiborne

A man convicted of forcible rape of a minor in Webster Parish faces even more years added to his sentence following a trial in Claiborne.

It took a Claiborne Parish jury approximately 20 minutes to find Christopher L. Coliston guilty of 1 count of third degree rape, 2 counts of sexual battery, 1 count of attempted sexual battery, and 3 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. The Honorable Walter E. May, Jr. presided over the three-day trial.

“I am extremely proud of each of the girls in this case and the courage they demonstrated by coming forward and reporting the abuse they suffered at the hands of the defendant,” District Attorney Daniel W. Newell said. “Crimes against children in our community will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”

Coliston was ordered to be held without bond pending his sentencing on December 5. He faces a maximum sentence of 480 years in prison on all of the charges as a second felony offender having previously been convicted of forcible rape of a minor in Webster Parish. 

The Claiborne Parish case was investigated by the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Cary T. Brown.