Lake Charles, LA –
On June 4 a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury warrant was issued for the arrest of Katie Champagne, 33, 2628 S. Perkins Ferry Rd, Lake Charles, for accessory after the fact to incest; and failure to report certain felonies. Champagne had knowledge of her husband, Jacob Champagne, having inappropriate sexual contact with the female family member and failed to report that information to law enforcement. According to the revised statute 14:131.1, it is unlawful for any person having knowledge of the commission of any homicide, rape, or sexual abuse of a child to fail to report or disclose that information to a law enforcement agency.
On June 5 Champagne turned herself in to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives’ Division. She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and released later the same day on a personal surety bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.
This case stems from a February 4th case when the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Jacob J. Champagne, 35, 2628 S. Perkins Ferry Rd, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member on numerous occasions for several years starting when the girl was 15 years old. Champagne was arrested on March 12 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of aggravated incest and 2 counts of incest.
A new LA law has changed the crime of incest to crime against nature but they were charged under the old law because the unlawful occurrences happened prior to the new law becoming effective.
CPSO Detective Cinnamon Salvador is the lead investigator on both of these cases.