By NELSON OLIVEIRA
(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) – A disgraced Louisiana judge convicted of several sex crimes against his daughter’s teenage friends was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison.
Jeff Perilloux, who was described by a prosecutor as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” molested three girls — ages 14, 15 and 17 — during separate incidents three years ago, a jury found last month.
The 15-year-old victim testified in the five-day trial that the he gave her back massages in May and June 2017, groped her breast for 15 to 20 seconds during one assault and put his hands down her bathing suit bottom during a family trip to Florida.
Officials praised the victims for taking the witness stand and sharing the disturbing details with the court.
“The road was not easy to travel, but today we finally arrived to justice for the young victims,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement Monday.
Perilloux, 53, was a district judge in St. John the Baptist Parish, about 30 miles northwest of New Orleans. He was found eligible to run for reelection in November despite the ongoing trial, but he resigned after the Sept. 12 verdict.
The former magistrate has repeatedly denied the allegations against him and accused the victims of changing their stories over time.
The youngest girl claimed Perilloux rubbed sunscreen on her against her wishes and once tried shove a water hose down her shorts, though she testified that she didn’t remember if he actually touched her shorts.
The third victim told the jury that Perilloux was wearing just underwear when he applied Vick’s VapoRub across the top of her breasts.
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The ex-judge faced up to 21 years behind bars after being convicted of three felony counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.
“Sex offenses against children are the most serious of crimes which cause permanent psychological harm,” Landry said.
“This trauma has been exacerbated by Mr. Perilloux’s continued refusal to admit and/or take responsibility for what he did to these young women, who were children when these crimes were committed. But I hope the sentence issued today will bring some comfort to the survivors and their families.”