Bayou L’Ourse man charged with raping girl; Also identified as theft suspect

James Viscardis Jr.

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Bayou L’Ourse man has been charged raping a girl after the victim told investigators the suspect repeatedly sexually assaulted her for two years, according to an Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office news release.
The same man was also identified as a suspect seen stealing over $1,300 from a cash register at Walmart in Bayou Vista.
James E. Viscardis Jr., 21, of the 100 block of Honey Lane in Bayou L’Ourse, was arrested at 11:20 p.m. Monday sex crime-related charges including second-degree rape, indecent behavior with a juvenile, simple burglary, misdemeanor and sexual battery.
The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint Aug. 18 of an alleged sexual assault upon a juvenile, Falcon said. Upon making contact with the victim, investigators were advised she had been sexually assaulted repeatedly over a two-year period and identified Viscardis as the suspect, the release said.
The victim was transported to the Lafourche Children’s Advocacy Center where a child forensic interviewer questioned the victim at length, which led detectives to secure an arrest warrant for Viscardis, the release stated.
Investigators also learned that Viscardis was wanted on warrants from the city of Oakdale on the charges of theft, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property.
Viscardis was arrested on those warrants and then transported to the Criminal Investigative Division for further questioning.
He was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on $70,000 bail.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators also identified Viscardis as a suspect seen on video surveillance stealing over $1,300 from a cash register at the Walmart in Bayou Vista.
On July 28, a deputy responded to a report of a theft at Walmart in Bayou Vista. The deputy collected video evidence of a man breaking into a register and stealing the cash.
After posting a picture of the subject and information about the crime on social media and releasing it to local media outlets, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received several anonymous tips identifying the suspect as Viscardis. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office detective assigned to the case verified the tips and positively identified the suspect as Viscardis.
On Aug. 19, the detective received word from another investigator with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office that Viscardis was located at a home on Honey Lane in Bayou L’Ourse and arrested on unrelated charges in that jurisdiction.
The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office detective also provided additional evidence positively identifying Viscardis as the suspect seen on video surveillance in the Walmart theft.

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