Andrew Jacob Thomason, age 27, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated crimes against nature, one count of second degree rape and two outstanding bench warrants from Lafayette Parish.

He was arrested by deputies of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO) and was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on July 12.

Sources within the VPSO say the victim is a unnamed female.

According to Louisiana law, second degree rape is when oral, anal or sexual intercourse takes place “without the lawful consent of the victim” under any one or more of the following circumstances.

The first circumstance is “when the victim is prevented from resisting the act by force or threats of physical violence under circumstances where the victim reasonably believes that such resistance would not prevent the rape.

The second circumstance is “when the victim is incapable of resisting or of understanding the nature of the act by reason of stupor or abnormal condition of the mind produced by a narcotic or anesthetic agent or other controlled dangerous substance administered by the offender and without the knowledge of the victim.”

If convicted of the second degree rape charge, Thomason faces up to 40 years in prison.

The State of Louisiana describes crimes against nature in two categories.

The first category states that crimes against nature are “The unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal. Emission is not necessary; and, when committed by a human being with another, the use of the genital organ of one of the offenders of whatever sex is sufficient to constitute the crime.”

The second category states that Crimes Against Nature are defined as “the marriage to, or sexual intercourse with, any ascendant or descendant, brother or sister, uncle or niece, aunt or nephew, with knowledge of their relationship. The relationship must be by consanguinity, but it is immaterial whether the parties to the act are related to one another by the whole or half blood. The provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply where one person, not a resident of this state at the time of the celebration of his marriage, contracted a marriage lawful at the place of celebration and thereafter removed to this state.”

Being convicted of the first category can result in the perpetrator being imprisoned at hard labor for not less than three nor more than fifteen years, without benefit of suspension of sentence, probation or parole.

Being convicted of the second category can result in the perpetrator being fined up to fifty thousand dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for a term not less than five years nor more than twenty years, or both.

Thomason remains in the VPSO Jail.