Mary Kilpatrick / Houma Courier
A jury on Thursday convicted a Houma man accused of raping a family member when she was 9 years old and stalking another girl at her bus stop.
Cliff Malbrough, 33, was also found guilty of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in 2003. On Monday, he pled guilty to having consensual sex with a 16-year-old girl in 2001 when he was 21.
Malbrough was on trial on charges of aggravated rape, felony stalking of a minor and sexual battery of a female victim. He pled guilty to one count of felony carnal knoawledge.
He faces mandatory life in prison at his Aug. 23 sentencing date.
In December 2011, Malbrough was spotted in a green van at an Ellender Street bus stop, Houma Police said. Witnesses said Malbrough was making inappropriate gestures and comments to a girl and even went as far as giving her a note while trying to lure her into his van, police said.
Assistant District Attorney Bud Barnes showed the jury the note, which read, 'I think you have the most beautiful smile in the world!!! See you soon!'
After Malbrough was charged, several other victims came forward, Houma Police said. One woman told detectives that Malbrough sexually abused her in 2003, when she was about 10 years old. Another woman told detectives she had consensual sex with Malbrough when she was underage in 2001. She was his girlfriend at the time, Barnes told the jury.
Malbrough was arrested in March 2012 on allegations that he had sex with a then 9-year-old family member between September 2010 and June 2011, court records say.
On Wednesday, a video was played for the jury in which the girl, now 10, said Malbrough made her watch 'videos with girls and boys' that made her feel uncomfortable. She also said in the video that Malbrough made her perform oral sex on him.
The names of all victims are being withheld by The Courier and Daily Comet because of the nature of the allegations.
Malbrough was also charged with a sex crime when he was a teenager, according to court records. In November 1998, when he was 18, he faced a charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile. However, the charge was dropped in 2000.
'I think this guy has been a predator of kids since he was 18,' Barnes said. 'This guy had a problem, a recognized problem.'