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RACELAND, La. - The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Raceland couple after investigating allegations of physical abuse and rape involving four children.

27-year-old Brandy Triche has been charged with physically abusing the children, while her boyfriend, 30-year-old Christopher Gaudet has been charged with aggravated rape of three of the children, in addition to physical abuse.

On Tuesday, July 15, deputies responded to a complaint of possible physical and sexual abuse of a child by Christopher Gaudet. Juvenile detectives also responded and began an investigation.

Detectives could see visible bruising on the child's body and learned Gaudet had allegedly punched the child.

After questioning of all parties involved and further investigation, detectives discovered a history of alleged physical abuse of the four children, all under the age of 13, by both Triche and Gaudet.

Detectives also learned Gaudet allegedly forced three of the children to engage in sexual activity with him.

Detectives contacted Triche and Gaudet on Wednesday, and following questioning, both were placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.

Gaudet was booked with three counts of aggravated rape and four counts of cruelty to juveniles with force/violence (child endangerment). He is currently being held in lieu of $350,000 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.

Triche was booked with four counts of cruelty to juveniles with force/violence (child endangerment) and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond as set by Judge Larose.

Due to the nature of the investigation and the age of the victims, the Lafourche Parish Sherrif's Office will not release further details regarding the alleged incidents or the nature of the relationships between the offenders and victims.

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