Metairie man convicted of raping boy

A Metairie man faces life in prison for his conviction Wednesday (Nov. 8), of raping a young boy.

Charles Turner, 38, was convicted as charged of aggravated rape of a juvenile under age 13.

Turner abused a boy over a two-year period, beginning in 2013 when the child was 8 years old. The abuse happened at East Jefferson locations.

Turner, who did not testify, denied the allegations. His defense attorneys said the child fabricated the rape because of turmoil in his life.

The Jefferson Parish jury deliberated about two hours before reaching its verdict. Life in prison is the mandatory punishment under Louisiana law for the aggravated rape of a juvenile under age 13. Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial District Court scheduled the sentencing for Dec. 11.

Assistant District Attorneys Lynn Schiffman and Andrew DeCoste prosecuted the case.