LIVINGSTON – A 21st Judicial District Court judge sentenced a Livingston man with a history of sexual offenses to 21 years in prison.
According to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.
A jury convicted Otis Bedwell, 69, of three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile in October.
Judge Charlotte Foster gave Bedwell the maximum sentence due to his prior sexual offenses, seven years for each count -- to run consecutively -- totaling 21 years.
Perrilloux said on three occasions in July 2015, Bedwell committed inappropriate sexual behavior with a 15-year-old boy while the teen was doing yard work around Bedwell’s property.
The juvenile victim underwent a forensic interview where he disclosed the sexual encounters involving Bedwell.
The victim told authorities Bedwell told him not to tell anyone about the incidents and he would give him $20 after every incident for him not to tell anyone.
During the trial, the state introduced informaton that Bedwell had been convicted previously of two sexual offenses in the 1980s and 1990s involving a string of teenage male victims.
In September 1989, Bedwell was arrested for indecent behavior with a juvenile. During an overnight camping trip, Bedwell had inappropriately touched a 14-year-old boy and asked the boy to perform oral sex on him.
Bedwell was found guilty in January 1992 in 21st Judicial District Court.
Bedwell was arrested for pandering in July 1994 after he solicited a brother and sister, 15 and 16, to perform oral sex on him for $20. Bedwell pleaded no contest to prostitution in 21st Judicial District Court.
Also, in January 2003, Bedwell approached a male and quickly pulled down his pants and engaged in oral sexual conduct without the victim’s consent. Bedwell pleaded guilty to obscenity in 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge in July 2007.
Assistant District Attorney Kurt Wall represented the state.