from the First Judicial District Court for the Parish of
Caddo, Louisiana Trial Court No. 333, 018 Honorable Katherine
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT Douglas Lee Harville for
E. STEWART, SR. District Attorney for Appellee
J. JOHNSON TRENEISHA HILL JASON WALTMAN Assistant District
MOORE, GARRETT, and BLEICH (Pro Tempore), JJ.
defendant, Troy Stephenson, was convicted of sexual battery
of the teenage daughter of his live-in girlfriend. The trial
court sentenced him to 10 years at hard labor without benefit
of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. The
defendant appeals, contending that the evidence was
insufficient. We affirm the defendant's conviction and
23, 2009, 12-year-old J.B. reported to relatives that a man had
grabbed her and touched her breasts, stomach, and vagina at a
family party. The Shreveport Police Department
("SPD") was called, and the defendant, a family
friend, was arrested. However, the case was eventually closed
due to lack of cooperation by J.B.'s family.
28, 2015, the mother of 17-year-old C.H. reported to the
police that her daughter had just informed her that the
defendant, the mother's live-in boyfriend, had engaged in
sexually inappropriate behavior with the girl on several
occasions. The defendant was arrested and charged with sexual
battery. After the investigating detective learned of the
prior incident involving J.B., the defendant was additionally
charged with one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile
under the age of 13.
January 10, 2017, the defendant was tried on both charges.
The jury acquitted him of the indecent behavior charge
involving J.B., but convicted him of the sexual battery of
C.H. A motion for post-verdict judgment of acquittal was
denied. The trial court sentenced the defendant to 10 years
at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation or
suspension of sentence. A motion to reconsider sentence was
defendant appeals, asserting insufficient evidence to convict
him of the charge of sexual battery.