Embattled judge in Louisiana convicted of sex crimes with juveniles resigns

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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. (WDSU) — An embattled St. John judge who was convicted this month on sex crimes with juveniles has resigned.

Judge Jeffrey Perriloux sent his letter of resignation to Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin last Monday.

Perilloux was the District Judge of the 40th District Court in St. John Parish. He was seeking re-election at the time of his trial before he was found guilty on three counts of felony indecent behavior with juveniles.

Perilloux was also found guilty of one count misdemeanor sexual battery. The jurors found he had inappropriately touched teenage girls.

He could serve up to six months on the misdemeanor sexual battery conviction and will also have to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.

Source tell WDSU the felony conviction forced Perilloux to resign and that he would be appealing the conviction.

During his trial he took the stand in his own defense where he admitted he bought the alleged victims alcohol and gave them neck rubs, but claimed he did nothing wrong.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Derbes praised the young women who alerted police to Perilloux’s unwanted advances in 2017.

“We could not be prouder of these girls, now young ladies, for coming forward and shedding the victim status and becoming survivors.”

Perilloux’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 15.

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