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Couple indicted on charges in death of Zachary sex offender

9-3-15 Louisiana:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A man and his pregnant girlfriend have been indicted on second-degree murder charges in the death of a sex offender whose body was found in a plastic drum at his Zachary home.

The Advocate reports 21-year-old Jace Crehan and his 18-year-old girlfriend were indicted Wednesday.

Authorities say the body of 47-year-old Robert Noce Jr. was discovered July 4. He was strangled and stabbed.

Sheriff’s officials have said Crehan admitted to stabbing and strangling Noce and putting his body in the plastic drum. Officials say Crehan also placed his girlfriend at the crime scene.

Officials say Noce had just begun serving probation for sexually abusing the 18-year-old woman when she was a child. The woman says Noce, who was her mother’s former boyfriend, repeatedly assaulted her throughout her childhood.

Attorneys for Crehan and the woman declined comment. ..Source.. by

Man killed in Zachary home over the weekend was strangled and stabbed to death, coroner says


Robert Noce, the 47-year-old man found dead in his Zachary home on Saturday, was strangled and stabbed to death less than two weeks after he began serving probation for a sex crime involving a child.

Noce, who was found about 7 p.m. Saturday inside his residence at 3021 S. Vernon Road, pleaded no contest to carnal knowledge of a juvenile on June 22 and began serving a five-year term of supervised release, according to court records. Noce was initially indicted in 2013 on an aggravated rape charge involving a child under age 13.

His attorney, Drew Louviere, declined to comment.

No arrests in the homicide have been made, and there are no suspects, said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks. The Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on Monday.

Zachary Police over the weekend handed over the probe to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, which sometimes occurs depending on the complexities of a case, Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said.

Residents along South Vernon Road, a rural area of Zachary, over the weekend said they didn’t know what happened to their neighbor, who had been living in the area for about five or six years.

One neighbor said Noce mostly kept to himself and that he had not seen him since Thursday.

Anyone with information about this death is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000. Crime Stoppers also is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867. by Advocate staff report

Girl said Zachary man raped her as a child, told her her mom didn't love her; now she's accused in his killing

The teenage girl arrested Wednesday in the weekend slaying of a Zachary man claimed she had been repeatedly raped by him since she was 4 years old, according to allegations laid out in over 100 pages of court documents.

Brittany Monk, 17, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Jace Crehan, are accused of strangling and stabbing Robert Noce before stuffing his body inside a 55-gallon plastic drum and leaving it in the kitchen of his Zachary home where it was discovered Saturday.

While authorities Thursday wouldn’t confirm whether Monk is the girl Noce was convicted of sexually abusing — he began serving probation after pleading no contest on June 22 to carnal knowledge of a juvenile — court documents clearly state Monk’s full name as the victim in the child sex crimes.

Monk began living with Noce at age 2 when her mother and Noce started a relationship in 1999, the documents say. After an incident in which Monk’s mother said she was raped by Noce, she left him but had to leave Monk, who was 3 years old at the time, and her sister, an infant, with Noce as she was unable to care for the girls, according to the court documents. Monk lived with Noce until 2012, according to the documents.

Monk told police that nearly every night, Noce forced her to engage in a wide range of sexual acts with him, sometimes making her consume sleeping pills and sedatives like Xanax first, according to police reports. He would sometimes wake the child up in the middle of the night, telling her that her mother was coming to pick her up, all the while knowing her mother wasn’t coming, according to the documents. After Monk got dressed and had waited a while, Noce would tell her, “Your mom doesn’t love you. Your mom doesn’t want you,” the documents say.

In 2012, after the family’s living situation changed and Monk was able to live with her mother again, the then-15-year-old admitted to having been sexually abused throughout her childhood by Noce, and her mother notified authorities, according to police reports.

A police search of Noce’s residence when the 2012 allegations surfaced revealed seven bottles of sleeping pills, six containers of prescription opioid painkillers and relaxants and at least 15 bottles of over-the-counter cold medications, along with three handguns, according to a police report.

One of Noce’s former girlfriends told police he made her watch pornographic videos depicting bestiality and had pictures stored on his computer of young nude girls, according to the documents.

In 2013, a grand jury indicted, Noce, 47, with the aggravated rape of a child. In a plea agreement, Noce pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile on June 22, and 19th Judicial District Judge Trudy White suspended his 10-year sentence and instead placed him on five years of supervised probation.

His nephew, Kelton Noce, standing inside a sprawling Greenwell Springs house Thursday, said Robert Noce “was very much a family man,” who was close with his children. “He was a God-fearing man,” the 38-year-old said.

“This is very tragic,” he said of his uncle’s death. “Really unexpected. Really caught off guard and doesn’t make any sense to any of us.”

Kelton Noce said he knew the accused couple but didn’t want to comment on them or their relationship to his uncle.

Brittany Monk is apparently pregnant with Crehan’s child, according to her Facebook profile and an online baby registry.

Multiple attempts to speak with Crehan’s and Monk’s family members Thursday were unsuccessful, but a friend of Monk’s said she was secretive about her past.

“She mentioned she’s had a bad life. I was her best friend at the time,” said William Mosley, 19, a former classmate of Monk’s. He said he hasn’t seen her in about two years.

Robert Noce had been strangled, stabbed multiple times and crammed into a barrel but not dismembered, said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark. Investigators believe the man died before being placed into the container in his kitchen.

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies arrested Monk and Crehan, of Denham Springs, on Wednesday. The two were booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree murder. Bail has been set at $400,000 for each of them.

Police said Crehan confessed to stabbing and strangling Noce and placing him into the bin. Monk’s DNA was found on the drum containing Noce’s body.

Sheriff’s detectives said Monk was present during the incident and participated, but spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks declined to elaborate on her role.

“We have to continue to process evidence,” Hicks said. “Once we gather that evidence, then we forward all of that to the district attorney to use for prosecution. We are very limited at this time because it is still ongoing.”

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore declined on Thursday to comment on the case.

A man in a Denham Springs trailer Thursday who identified himself only as a relative of Crehan’s declined to comment.

“It’s not something that needs to be talked about,” he said. by Maya Lau

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