Man pleads guilty to sex crimes against 3 children right before his trial begins

Jim Hanzo
September 25, 2018 - 2:44 pm
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The District Attorney's office secured the coviction of a New Orleans man who raped or sexually assaulted three young girls sometimes in his care.

With an Orleans Parish jury sworn in and about to hear opening statements in his trial, Gerald Page reconsidered and opted to enter into a plea agreement.  Page, who turns 66 next week, pleaded guilty to an amended count of second-degree rape, three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, and three counts of sexual battery.  Page was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, under terms of the plea agreement approved by the victims, their families and Criminal District Judge Karen Herman.

"We are very pleased with this outcome, which removes a dangerous child predator from our midst," DA Leon Cannizzaro said. "We had three very brave and determined victims who were prepared to tell this jury what this man did to them in violation of their trust. To secure what likely amounts to a life sentence without having to put these victims through the rigors of a trial is a result we and they certainly appreciate."

Page was arrested in February 2015, following a New Orleans police investigation of a young girl's account of prolonged sexual abuse when left in his care. The rape and sexual abuse disclosed by the girl occurred in 2014 when she was 11-years-old.

The investigation widened when two other women -- sisters now in their 30s -- disclosed that they, too, had been similarly victimized by Page in their very early teens. The abuse also occurred when they were left in the care of Page by trusting family members.

Each of Page's victims had an opportunity Tuesday to present a victim-impact statement to the court.

Assistant District Attorneys Angad Ghai and Hilary Khoury prosecuted the case.

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