District Attorney Tony Clayton reports that Sean Wilkinson was found guilty of 11 counts of First-Degree Rape and one count of Indecent Behavior of a Juvenile on November 4, 2021. A 12-person jury deliberated for approximately 3 hours before finding him guilty. Wilkinson, who lived in Plaquemine, was arrested on September 19, 2017, for the crimes and later indicted by an Iberville Parish Grand Jury.
According to Clayton, jury selection started on Tuesday, November 2, and the trial lasted three days. The jury reached its unanimous verdict late Thursday night .
Ron Gathe, Chief of Trials for the District Attorney’s Office, led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorneys Niki Roberts, Timmy Collins, and Brilliant Clayton. Gathe stated, “This was a tough case with some very disturbing evidence. The jury was very attentive, listened to the facts, and got it right. I am pleased that the victims get to move on and continue the healing process.” Collins added, “Justice and closure was finally given to the victims.”
District Judge Elizabeth Engolio set sentencing for Wilkinson on December 15, 2021, at 9 a.m.