Jun 9, 2011 11:57 PM by Maddie Garrett

Suspects in Child Rape Case Claim Innocence

Two of the eight suspects in a child molestation case in St. Landry Parish were released on $300,000 bond each this week. Now suspects Barry Giglio and Marla Giglio are pleading not guilty to the crime.

State Police call this case a heinous crime, saying they believe eight adults committed aggravated rape and/or aggravated incest of three young girls, all under the age of nine.

Thursday afternoon, KATC went to the home of Barry and Marla Giglio in Ville Platte to get some answers about their recent arrest and accusations of child molestation.

When asked if they had any comment on the case and their plea of "not guilty" Barry Giglio had this to say through his front door: "We are not guilty, we got involved in something because of accusations made, but we are not guilty, and in time the truth will come out."

Barry Giglio would not go on camera, saying his attorneys would not allow him to make a public statement just yet. However, he did give some explanation after being asked why he and his wife were recently arrested.

"We got mixed up in something we were unaware of," said Giglio.

Four of the other suspects, John Stelly, Alice Stelly, Jennifer Stelly and Lawrence Ricks Jr., are charged with aggravated rape and aggravated incest. The others, Marty Blood and Brandy Blood, are charged with aggravated rape. All six suspects remain in jail.

Giglio did confirm that two of the women were former employees at his Ville Platte restaurant, The Pig Stand.

But friend and neighbor Paul Dardeau found the accusations against The Giglio's hard to believe.

"I don't know what kind of evidence they have, I can only speculate. But they're going to have to prove it to us," said Dardeau.

Dardeau said he can only guess at what transpired between The Giglio's and the other suspects.

"I feel like he's guilty through association because of the type of person he is, he tries to help people. And some of the people he tried to help, when he quit helping them may have turned, I don't know," said Dardeau.

It's now up to the courts to determine the truth and serve justice, whatever the outcome may be.

"Let the courts prove him guilty, don't judge him, we are not the judges," said Dardeau of the allegations against Giglio.

The Giglio's said they will most likely release an official statement soon, hoping to clear their name. On Thursday, State Police reiterated they believe there was enough evidence in the case to arrest all eight people.

"'Till all the evidence and everything is presented, we are just going to maintain that we are innocent of all allegations," said Giglio.



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