Suspect accused of having inappropriate contact with multiple juveniles
A 53-year-old Cut Off man is in the custody of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, accused of having inappropriate contact with 4 underage juvenile victims.
Juvenile detectives in Lafourche have been investigating recent incidents involving Gregory Berthusen, 53, of Cut Off. In the incidents, the suspect was accused of having inappropriate contact with three juvenile girls.
A fourth victim, now an adult, also reported to authorities a pattern of sexual abuse by Berthusen for years – dating back to when she was 9-years-old.
Based on the information uncovered in the investigation, warrants were issued for the suspect’s arrest.
Berthusen was taken into custody in Jefferson County, Texas. He was moved to Lafourche Parish on Oct. 11, 2019 and booked on charges of molestation of a juvenile, two counts of felony sexual battery, three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and three counts of indecent behavior with juveniles.
Bail is set at $205,000.
The investigation into Berthusen is continuing, and additional charges are possible. 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.