A Lafayette woman is behind bars Monday night, and a child is free from continued abuse, following a lengthy human trafficking investigation by Detectives with Louisiana State Police.
Several weeks ago, Detectives in the Lafayette Field Office received information that 37-year-old Katherine Vidrine of Lafayette, had used a child under the age of 12 to engage in sexual acts for monetary gain. The complaint indicated that the sexual acts involving the child took place about 4 years ago at locations throughout Lafayette Parish.
As Detectives investigation into the complaint continued, it was learned that Vidrine was present during some of the sexual acts. Based on all of the information gathered during the investigation, an arrest warrant for Vidrine was obtained.
She was arrested Monday at her home in Lafayette without incident. Vidrine was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for trafficking of children for sexual purposes and principle to molestation of a juvenile.This case remains under investigation and additional arrests are anticipated.
If convicted of human trafficking, Vidrine could be fined up to $75,000 and be sentenced to 50 years in prison.