Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Raceland man has been arrested for the alleged rape of a Raceland woman on Friday morning. Parnell Chambers Jr. (33, B/M) was arrested shortly following the incident and charged with Second Degree Rape.
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday, August 7, a Raceland woman reported she was raped by Parnell Chambers Jr. that morning, and deputies and detectives responded to the scene. According to the victim, Chambers and the victim were acquainted with each other, and Chambers arrived at her door earlier that morning asking to enter the residence. According to the victim, she refused Chambers, but he forced his way inside the residence and forced her to have sexual intercourse against her will. Chambers then left the residence.
Chambers was found to have two active warrants for contempt of court. Deputies located Chambers at a nearby location, and he was taken into custody. He was initially transported to the Criminal Operations Center in Lockport for questioning. After questioning Chambers, and following their investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Chambers was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked accordingly on the aforementioned warrants for Contempt of Court, and he is charged with Second Degree Rape in the incident. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond, and he also has fines and costs of $1,574 in reference to the contempt charges. He is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Chambers has a criminal history including 18 prior arrests dating back to 1999, when he was first arrested at 17 years of age for gambling, criminal trespassing, and resisting an officer. His other arrests included charges for carnal knowledge of a juvenile, battery of a police officer, domestic abuse battery, DWI, hit and run driving, receiving stolen things, and various drug charges.
The term “second degree rape” is new to Louisiana law. On August 1, 2015, new laws were enacted changing the terms “aggravated rape,” “forcible rape,” and “simple rape”. Those charges are now referred to as “first degree rape,” “second degree rape,” and “third degree rape,” but the elements of the laws and the penalties remain unchanged for each. Chambers is the first person in Lafourche Parish to be charged with rape since these changes in the laws took effect.