Kenneth Bryant a Louisiana landlord pleads guilty to child molestation after forcing a 16 year old teen facing eviction to perform oral sex.
Kenneth Bryant a 47 year old Louisiana landlord has pled guilty to forcing a 16 year old teen girl to perform oral sex on him or have her family face eviction.
Bryant of the Harahan district faced three counts of molestation of a juvenile in Jefferson Parish court, Thursday when he confessed. Prior to his guilty plea the man had faced the more serious charge of rape.
Nola reported the landlord being sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended, along with being mandated to register as a sex offender.
The age of consent in Louisiana is at 17 for any age.
According to the girl’s parents, the landlord followed through with his threat to evict the family once she reported the incident to police which first took place in August, 2016.
‘He threatened her with her job. Threatened to have her fired from her job. Threatened to have us evicted,’ said the girl’s father to WWL on the condition of anonymity.
‘Threatened to have my sons evicted if she didn’t do these acts.’
At the time, Bryant went on to fire his victim’s brother, who was working for him along with the teen girl, who was also working for Bryant along with evicting the family.
Told the teen victim’s father, ‘We told him she was at the hospital reporting it. He was trying to get me to stop her. He told us we had to leave. We were evicted. He fired my son immediately.’
Kenneth Bryant BFM corporation president showed texts from his victim where she wrote ‘not wanting to have vaginal sex with him’.
The dismissals and sexual assault came as Bryant headed up BFM Corporation, a large land survey management company, which includes a long client list of Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
The sentencing comes after the victim, gave a recorded statement to the Children’s Advocacy Center in New Orleans, last December, giving a detailed account of her encounter with Bryant.
She said that he told her to take her clothes off and after she refused, forced her to perform oral sex.
According to an arrest warrant, the girl was able to push Bryant off before he had a chance to do any more physical harm.
Text messages were also obtained by the Kenner Police Department showing ‘incriminating’ conversations between the victim and Bryant.
The text showed that the teen was ‘not wanting to have vaginal sex with him,’ according to the warrant. Also mentioned was the firing of a family member because of the reporting to police.
Police records also show that the incidents occurred on three occasions: at Bryant’s house, his Kenner office and a vehicle outside his job.
The victim was said to have worked for Bryant when he was president of BFM Corporation, a large land survey management company.
One of the incidents, which led police to arrest Bryant, occurred in company’s Kenner headquarters.
BFM owner Ralph P Fontcuberta claimed to have fired Bryant after his first arrest and said: ‘I am sorry I ever met him. I am disgusted with this.’
Bryant was arrested back in December 2016 for suspicion of second-degree rape but pleaded not guilty.
He still faces a theft charge for $1500 worth of equipment he was said to have stolen.
According to the girl’s father, his family had a decent relationship with the man, often engaging in conversation on Bryant’s porch.