Cut Off man faces new sex charges after additional victim comes forward

A 53-year-old Cut Off man arrested originally in October for sex crimes now faces new charges after an additional victim has come forward.

Gregory Berthusen, 53, of Cut Off, now faces additional charges of indecent behavior and sexual battery after a fifth victim came forward against him.

In October, Berthusen was arrested as the result of an investigation. Juvenile detectives found that he allegedly had inappropriate contact with three juvenile girls. A fourth victim, now an adult, also reported that the suspect had sexually abused her for years – beginning when she was 9.

Since that time, a fifth victim has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Following investigation, Berthusen was charged with one additional count each of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and Sexual Battery.

In all, Berthusen is now charged six counts of Sexual Battery, four counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, and one count of Molestation of a Juvenile. His bail is now set at $705,000.

The investigation into Berthusen is continuing. Due to the nature of the crimes and investigation, detectives believe there may be additional victims. Any other victims are encouraged to contact Lieutenant Sean Scott of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985) 532-4334.