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HOUMA, La. - Terrebonne Parish detectives have arrested a Thibodaux man for the aggravated rape of a 12-year-old female.

According to Sheriff Jerry Larpenter, the aggravated rape occurred in April when the female was at Southland Mall with some friends.

According to police, the victim knew Lester Deville Jr., the suspect, and agreed to leave the mall with him, at which point the two allegedly had sex inside of Deville's vehicle in the mall parking lot.

Deville admitted to leaving the mall with the victim but denied having sexual intercourse with her. He was 18-years-old at the time.

Deville was arrested for aggravated rape and remains in jail with a bond of $200,000.

Terrebonne Parish officials advise parents of young children to supervise children at the mall in order to prevent these types of crimes from occurring.

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