Teen safe after traveling to Colorado with convicted sex offender
CALCASIEU PARISH —
From Calcasieu Parish S.O. - Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.
The investigation has now revealed a 16-year-old girl from Lake Charles, left the state Sunday with convicted sex offender Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office worked closely with the FBI (both in Louisiana and Colorado), Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Highway Patrol, and Lafayette City Police (Colorado) to locate the teen who appears to be unharmed. Investigative efforts undertaken over the last four days led CPSO detectives to Boulder County, Colorado, where the Boulder County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Broussard and the teen yesterday around 8:00 p.m. CST near a national park. Broussard was taken into custody without incident and the girl was taken to a safe location. The investigation continues and Broussard may face additional charges in Colorado as well as locally. It is not known at this time when he will be extradited back to Calcasieu Parish.
CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator and was assisted by other detectives from multiple investigative units at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours to ensure the juvenile's safe return.
“I’m so pleased this 16 year old girl will be returning to Lake Charles safely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “And I am so proud of our detectives who have been working on this case non-stop since Sunday. Their relentless efforts are the reason this young girl was found safe and we have a happy ending to this nightmare."