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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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UPDATE: Man Charged with Additional Sex Crimes after Fifth Victim Comes Forward

UPDATE: Man Charged with Additional Sex Crimes after Fifth Victim Comes Forward

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a man arrested in October for sex crimes involving four victims faces new charges after a fifth victim has come forward. Gregory Berthusen, 53, of Cut Off now faces additional charges of indecent behavior and sexual battery.

In October 2019, Berthusen was arrested as a result of an investigation. Juvenile detectives found he allegedly had inappropriate contact with three teenage juvenile girls. A fourth victim, now an adult, reported Berthusen had sexually abused her for years beginning when she was nine years old.

Since that time, a fifth victim has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Following further investigation, Berthusen was charged with one additional count each of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and Sexual Battery.

In all, Berthusen is now charged six counts of Sexual Battery, four counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, and one count of Molestation of a Juvenile. His bail is now set at $705,000.

The investigation into Berthusen is continuing. Due to the nature of the crimes and investigation, detectives believe there may be additional victims. Any other victims are encouraged to contact Lieutenant Sean Scott of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985) 532-4334.