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Raceland Woman Admits to Past Relationship with Minor, Sets Fire to Victim's Home


7/31/2014 by Brennan Matherne
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a Raceland woman for allegedly setting fire to the home of an ex-girlfriend who was a minor when their relationship began. Adrianne Legarde (31, B/F) of 309 Ayo Street was arrested following an investigation and after admitting to her involvement in the relationship.
 
On Tuesday, July 29, deputies responded to a fire on Greenville Street in Raceland. Upon arrival, deputies learned a fire had started at a home in the 300 block, and a resident had used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames. Five people were inside the home at the time of the fire. Deputies noticed a burnt area on the residence and detected the odor of gasoline. After conferring with a Fire Chief on scene, deputies then made contact with detectives as well as the State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the possibility of arson.
 
Through investigation, detectives learned gasoline had been used as an accelerant, and that the fire had been started by means of arson. In speaking to the family at the residence, detectives learned one of the females had recently ended a relationship with Adrianne Legarde. At the time the relationship began, Legarde was 29 years old, while the female was only 15, and detectives learned the two allegedly engaged in consensual sexual relations during the relationship while the victim was 15 and 16 years old. Detectives learned that Legarde had made several threats to the female and her family following their breakup, including threatening to burn down her home. They also discovered additional evidence at the scene and through interviews with the family linking Legarde to the arson.
 
Detectives then made contact with Legarde and questioned her about the arson and the relationship with the minor. During questioning, Legarde admitted to engaging in consensual sexual relations with the victim. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where she was booked for Aggravated Arson of an Inhabited Dwelling and Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. She is currently being held in lieu of $75,000 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc. 






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