An 18-year-old Farmerville man is being held in the Union Parish Detention Center charged with the first-degree rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Magal Lee Johnson of 912 Hickory St., is being held on bail of $200,000 set by Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton.

Even though Johnson was 17 when the incident occurred Oct. 5, he will be tried as an adult, Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said. Johnson turned 18 on Oct. 17 just before he was arrested on Oct. 23.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the victim had been Snapchatting with Johnson after she had been dropped off at a friend’s house near Downsville the afternoon of Oct. 5. Gates said the two young girls slipped out of the house and were picked up by the suspect and two other males.

The sheriff said the group drove back to Farmerville where Johnson had the driver drop him and the victim off at an abandoned house on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The victim told investigators they had consensual sex.

The driver and other male told detectives that when the suspect and victim walked back to the vehicle at the Willie Davis Recreation Center they were both talking about just having had sex.

The group then drove back to Downsville where the girls were dropped off, Gates said.

The suspect, after being read his Miranda rights, told detectives that the victim told him she was 16 years old but he became suspicious when she kept talking about her friends in the eighth grade.

Louisiana’s criminal statutes state that if an offender is found guilty, and the district attorney seeks a capital verdict, the offender can be sentenced to death or life imprisonment with benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

The offender also cannot use a defense that he did not know the victim was under the age of 13, the law states.

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