William Eugene Legon, a former Lafayette resident, was served a sealed indictment on Friday, June 7, charging him with four counts of rape of a child younger than 13 and one count of aggravated sexual battery.
The charges are related to incidents that allegedly took place in Macon County last year.
The indictment states that Legon did “unlawfully, intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engage in unlawful sexual penetration” of a child less than thirteen years of age. Investigating LPD officer Jason Roberts said that these incidents allegedly took place between December of 2011 and June 19, 2012.
The case was first reported on June 19, 2012. DCS immediately became involved with the case, and then the case ended up with Lafayette Police.
“We got some DNA; that’s what led the case— and a search warrant,” said Roberts. “Of course when we first got involved, DCS was carrying out most of the interviews. They got a good interview of the child.” Roberts presented the case to the Grand Jury in October, 2012.
Legon left Lafayette when the investigation began and took up residence in Lebanon, where he was later incarcerated for unrelated charges. He is currently serving time in Wilson County and was transported and served during a Macon County Criminal Court session.
“Now he’ll go to the criminal court, and he’ll have to plead one way or another. It’s now the District Attorney’s case,” said Roberts.
Rape of a child is a Class A felony and requires a mandatory sentence of at least 25 years and a fine of no more than $50,000.