Covington rape suspect extradited from U.S. Virgin Islands

Man wanted for rape and sexual assault of underage girl

Thomas Perumean
July 07, 2020 - 8:30 pm
Man wanted for rape and sexual assault of underage girl

STPSO

Categories: 

Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit in New Orleans with assistance from the US Marshals Service and local law enforcement in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, extradited 27 year-old Joseph William Haidler to Covington on Monday. 

Haidler was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for multiple felony charges related to the rape and sexual assault of a minor, which occurred in St. Tammany Parish.

Troopers began an extensive investigation in May 2020, which determined that Haidler traveled to St. Tammany Parish in December, 2019.  

On at least two separate occasions, Haidler, using an alias, is suspected of soliciting a minor victim for sexual acts, photographs, and videos through a popular social media application.

Haidler then reportedly picked the victim up from her home and transported her to a location nearby, where he raped her.

Troopers obtained an arrest warrant in St. Tammany Parish, and the US Marshals Service arrested him in St. John, US Virgin Islands in early June.

The suspect was extradited back to St. Tammany Parish where he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with two counts each of trafficking of a child for sexual purposes, third degree rape, aggravated kidnapping, and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.  

Comments ()