Union Parish sex offender accused of raping young female awaits grand jury

David Ray Aldridge Jr. | Photo: UPSO
David Ray Aldridge Jr. | Photo: UPSO(KNOE)
Published: Dec. 28, 2017 at 2:55 PM CST
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A convicted sex offender accused of raping a juvenile will be held without bond until he faces a grand jury in January, according to Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates.

36-year-old David Ray Aldridge Jr. is facing a charge of first-degree rape. He is accused of assaulting a young female, whose name was not disclosed. A news release listed these details on the case:

"The young victim told investigators that the suspect threatened to kill her if she revealed what had happened to her, detectives reported. According to detectives, Aldridge was convicted in 2003 of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and that he has numerous other felony arrests.

KNOE was originally contacted regarding this case in early December 2017 by Sgt. Cade Nolan. Aldridge was arrested on Dec. 15th, during a traffic stop at a local store in Farmerville. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Union Parish Detention Center.

Johnny Gunter, who works alongside the Union Parish Sheriff's Office, said, "First-degree rape was once referred to as aggravated rape and carries a penalty of life in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. The rape laws were changed by the state Legislature in 2015."