from the Twenty-Sixth Judicial District Court for the Parish
of Bossier, Louisiana Lower Court Case No. 208190, Honorable
Jeff Cox, Judge
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT, By: Douglas L. Harville, Counsel
SCHUYLER MARVIN, District Attorney, JOHN M. LAWRENCE RICHARD
R. RAY DALE N. MONTGOMERY, II Assistant District Attorneys,
Counsel for Appellee.
BROWN, WILLIAMS, and STONE, JJ.
Christopher Jiiarreld Hicks, was charged with molestation of
a juvenile and, following a jury trial, he was convicted of
indecent behavior with a juvenile. Defendant was sentenced to
serve seven years at hard labor and to pay a $5, 000 fine.
Defendant now appeals, arguing that the evidence was
insufficient to convict him. For the following reasons, we
October 13, 2014, J.S. called the Haughton Police Department
to report that her 14-year-old son, W.V., had been molested
by defendant, Christopher Jiiarreld Hicks, a 27-year-old man,
while taking a shower at defendant's home. Police
interviewed J.S., W.V., and defendant. During his interview,
defendant confessed to performing oral sex on W.V. and was
arrested. On August 31, 2015, defendant was charged by
amended bill of information with molestation of a juvenile.
trial, W.V. testified that he met defendant, whom he
identified in open court, through his mother when she began
working at a convenience store where defendant was a manager.
Defendant was also W.V.'s neighbor in a trailer park in
Haughton, Louisiana. Although W.V. knew defendant for only a
few months, he felt he could trust defendant.
around October 1, 2014, a water pipe burst at W.V.'s
family home. Defendant offered to allow W.V.'s family to
take showers at his home, and W.V. went to defendant's
home by himself to shower. According to W.V., at some point,
defendant attempted to enter the shower with him, but W.V.
told him "no, " and defendant left the bathroom.
However, when W.V. was finished taking a shower, defendant
called for him to come into the bedroom. W.V. testified that
he complied with defendant's request because W.V. was
taught to listen to his elders.
entering the room, W.V. saw that defendant was naked.
Defendant told W.V. to take off his clothes and sit on the
bed, which W.V. did. Defendant then performed oral sex on
W.V. while masturbating. W.V. explained that he tried to
leave the room two or three times during the incident, but
defendant pushed him back on the bed each time. After
defendant ejaculated, he put W.V.'s hand on his penis.
Defendant told W.V. not to tell anyone what had happened, and
W.V. left. W.V. testified that he did not tell anyone about
what defendant had done until two weeks later because he was
embarrassed. W.V. testified that he was 14 years old at the
time of the incident and still suffers from nightmares as a
result of the abuse.
cross-examination,  W.V. admitted that he was "not really
good with remembering dates" but believed the incident
with defendant occurred in October 2014.
corroborated her son's testimony that the water pipe
burst on or around October 1, 2014, and that W.V. went to
defendant's home to shower. J.S. noticed that around that
time, W.V. started acting strangely by spending a lot of time
in his room alone and not eating. Approximately two weeks
after going to defendant's house to shower, W.V. confided
to his mother that defendant had touched him inappropriately.
J.S. called the Haughton Police Department to report the
cross-examination, J.S. testified that she was fired from the
convenience store prior to the incident with W.V. and
defendant. However, J.S. explained that the store owner, not
defendant, actually fired her. J.S. claimed that she called
defendant after learning that her son had been molested, and
defendant admitted that he "had sex" with W.V. in
his shower. J.S. explained that she was unaware that anything
had occurred in defendant's bedroom until she heard her