Apr 9, 2014 12:02 PM by Ian Auzenne

Mamou man charged with molestation, aggravated rape

A Mamou man is behind bars for on child molestation and aggravated rape charges.

Mamou police say Michael Joseph Sleman, 54, is being held on $150,000 bond.

According to investigators, the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services contacted police in November about the five-year-old victim suffering from a sexually transmitted infection. The investigation, they say, led them to Sleman.

The victim is now in the state's custody.

"I think that it is important that parents talk to their children about being touched and that it is not okay," said Detective Marie Potter of the Mamou Police Department. "If the children don't feel safe telling their parents, they need to know that they need to tell the police or a teacher or somebody else about what's going on."

Police are still investigating the case.



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