St. Landry

Jun 11, 2014 5:52 PM by Tina Macias

Man arrested for allegedly raping an elderly woman has long rap sheet

The Opelousas man who was arrested last week for allegedly raping an elderly woman has a long rap sheet, including other trespassing and breaking and entering charges.

Karl Shelvin, 31, is still in the St. Landry Parish jail on home invasion and aggravated rape charges that stem from an alleged rape of an 83-year-old woman. Shelvin was arrested in April for allegedly trespassing on the same victim's property, according to police.

But Shelvin's record is much longer than those two arrests. Court records obtained by KATC shows Shelvin served six months to a reduced charge of simple damage to property after he was arrested for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and simple damage in 2005. He also spent 18 months in jail after being convicted of a 2012 robbery in Baton Rouge.

Some charges were dropped or never pursued, including:
- A January 2003 arrest for trespassing and misrepresentation at booking
- An April 2003 arrest for forgery and attempt theft
- A January 2007 arrest for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling

And others are still pending, including:
- Two second degree battery charges, stemming from a May 2003 and March 2007 arrests.
- A January 2009 arrest for illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of schedule II drugs, possesion of firearm with obliterated serial number and disturbing the peace.

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