- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Authorities in Jefferson Parish say a man on trial for indecent behavior with a juvenile pleaded guilty as charged after his 8-year-old victim testified against him.

The District Attorney’s Office says 53-year-old Eric Fontenelle, a former Metairie resident more recently from Abita Springs, pleaded guilty Thursday. He admitted he inappropriately touched the girl, then 7 years old, in a Metairie home on Oct. 5 and again on Oct. 6. He also admitted he threatened to spank her if she told anyone, according to the district attorney’s office.

Fontenelle’s plea came in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence. He also will have to register as a sex offender.

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