On September 26, 2018, a St. James Parish Jury found Gene Franklin of Lutcher, LA., age 33, guilty of 2nd Degree Sexual Battery. Franklin was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.
On October 29, 2016, St. James Parish Sheriff’s detectives were dispatched to a residence in reference to a sexual battery. Upon making contact with the victim, detectives learned that Gene Franklin, after making sexual advances toward the victim and was denied, had inserted some type of object into the victim’s private area causing damage to her body. The victim advised that she wanted to pursue charges as this was not the first time she was abused after refusing to have intercourse with Franklin. Franklin was subsequently arrested and booked into the St. James Parish Jail.
Upon the jury returning a guilty verdict in this matter, Judge Stromberg ordered that sentencing be deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.
On March 25, 2019, Franklin appeared before Judge Stromberg for sentencing. Judge Stromberg ordered that Franklin be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 15 years. The said sentence is so be served at hard labor and without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. This is the maximum possible sentence for the crime of 2nd Degree Sexual Battery.
It should be noted that the District Attorney’s Office does intend to file a habitual offender bill on Franklin.