Terrebonne deputy praised for helping wheelchair-bound rape victim




The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office is praising a road patrol’s deputy for their courage on behalf of a wheelchair-bound victim, which led to the arrest of a man she had lived with on rape and other charges.

Dennis Bourgeois, 41, was booked Wednesday night at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex on suspicion of first-degree rape, aggravated battery and cruelty to the infirm, all felonies, according to Col. Terry Daigre, chief criminal deputy.

Bourgeois’ bond was set at $250,000.

Daigre said an anonymous call was received at about 9:41 p.m. requesting a welfare check at a residence.

“The deputy responded and was initially told all was well,” Daigre said. “After viewing bruises on the woman, the deputy asked additional questions. The victim provided information that indicated crimes had been committed, and the deputy notified detectives and other resources.”

Bourgeois was arrested and the victim was taken to an area hospital for examination and treatment.

“This was a good example of the kind of proactive police work we have come to expect of our road patrol deputies,” Daigre said. “We also want to make clear to people that anytime they suspect a friend, relative or neighbor is being abused, they should call us.”

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