Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen says three Barksdale Air Force Base airmen have been arrested for having consensual sex with two 15-year-old girls on occasions from July to mid-August.
An investigation by detectives in the Sheriff’s Department began after deputies arrested James T. Baldwin, 21, of the 400 block of Vosler Cir. on Barksdale Air Force Base, for indecent behavior with a juvenile when they found him parked in a vehicle with a topless 15-year-old girl near Highway 71 on Aug. 16, 2011.
Bossier Sheriff’s investigators were soon contacted by the Office of Special Investigations at Barksdale Air Force Base and were advised of information that they believed Baldwin had engaged in sexual activity with one of the teen girls, along with two other airman and another teen girl. Investigators interviewed the two girls and confirmed that sexual activity did occur separately with the three men in July and through the night of Baldwin’s arrest in mid-August, and warrants were issued for the three men’s arrests.
Baldwin and Steven T. Ross, 20, of the 200 block of Curtiss Rd. on Barksdale Air Force Base, turned themselves into authorities Sept. 9; Baldwin was charged with one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, while Ross was charged with two counts of the same crime. A third airman, Brad A. Lisenby, 19, of the 12000 block of Ridge Top Circle in Frisco, Texas, was turned over to the Bossier Sheriff’s Department by base authorities on Sept. 12 and arrested on one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
The three were transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility and booked. Bonds are: Baldwin, $10,000; Lisenby, $10,000; and Ross, $20,000.
Louisiana law specifies felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile (R.S. 14:80) is committed when a person who is 17 years of age or older has sexual intercourse, with consent, with a person who is 13 or older, but less than 17. The felony stipulation is determined when there is greater than four years difference in age between the offender and the victim. The charge would be considered misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile (R.S. 14:80.1) when the same crime is committed, but the age difference between the offender and the victim is greater than two years, but less than four years.
If the two people are married, the law does not apply. Lack of knowledge of the juvenile’s age is not a defense.
From Bossier Sheriff's Office