Today, December 3, a Calcasieu Parish Jury found Derrick C. Withers, 28, of Lake Charles, guilty as charged of two (2) counts of Aggravated Rape.
In 2015, Withers repeatedly sexually abused two victims ages ranging from 5 to 7 years old at the time of the crimes. Withers is facing life without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
“Child abuse cases are the worst of the worst. It is incredibly difficult to listen to testimony and see evidence of these types of cases and I am thankful the jury of this trial returned a guilty verdict. This verdict doesn’t mean that we can undo what happened, but it does mean this predator was held accountable for his actions and justice was served. I am incredibly proud of our team for the way they prosecuted this case.” said District Attorney Stephen Dwight.
Sentencing for Withers is set for January 28, 2022, before Judge Robert Wyatt. Assistant District Attorneys Charles Robinson and Conrad Huber prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.