Acadia Parish: Registered sex offender arrested, accused of raping two children in his home

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ACADIA PARISH, La. (KLFY)- A 42-year-old Rayne man is facing two counts of first degree rape and molestation of juvenile charges.

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office has conducted an investigation in regards to a complaint of sexual abuse involving juveniles.

“The investigation revealed that Joseph Menard was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with two minor children who were visiting the household,” the department said today. 

Menard was charged with two counts of molestation of a juvenile and two counts of first degree rape.

Menard is a convicted Tier 2 sex offender, authorities said. He was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2000. In 2004 and 2016, he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender. 

On Dec. 7, Menard was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on a $700,000 bond.

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