Authorities in Louisiana are investigating an incident at America’s oldest prison rodeo after allegations surfaced that a 13-year-old girl was raped by an inmate.
Department of Corrections specialists and members of other agencies are currently looking into the October 2017 Angola Rodeo incident, in which a 13-year-old girl admitted to less-than-consensual bathroom sex with Laderrick Davis, an inmate serving a life sentence for murder.
“There is an ongoing investigation into an alleged incident which may have occurred during the last weekend of the October 2017 rodeo,” state prison spokesperson Ken Pastorick told WBRZ. “The details of the alleged incident will not be released or discussed until the appropriate time.”
Rape kits were administered on the young girl and in short order, Davis was transferred to another facility “due to the seriousness and nature of the allegations” against him and “for his own protection.”
West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel would not elaborate on the matter but confirmed an incident was under investigation.
In addition to the rape of a child, sources claim that dozens of cell phones, synthetic marijuana, marijuana, Heroin and pills were all confiscated during shakedowns after the rodeo.
Pastorick denied that any of the contraband made it into the cells.
“The contraband items featured in your report never made [it] inside the living areas of the prison, that’s a credit to the hard work of our staff,” Pastorick said.
Founded in 1964, the Angola Rodeo is held one weekend in April and every Sunday in October, drawing thousands of visitors. Inmates cook food using family recipes and sell arts and crafts. In addition to the standard fair attractions, actual work with horses, cows and bulls.