History of Bernie’s secret: Facts of sexual abuse could have been key to defense
Todd Hine and his parents sat in the pew directly behind Elmer Doucet every Sunday at the Raymond United Methodist Church in a Cajun community on Louisiana 102, a flat, straight road known as the Pine Island Highway.
Hine will never forget the day, almost 30 years ago, when Doucet turned around in the pew and asked Hine’s parents a question that would forever change his life: “Can Todd come over to my house and do some yard work?”
Hine’s parents had no objection. And if Hine, who was 12 years old at the time, had any trepidation about the invitation, he doesn’t remember it now.
He also doesn’t remember doing any yard work that day, or ever, because Doucet had other plans in mind — molesting the boy.
Doucet would molest Hine repeatedly over the next year, according to court documents, and Hine was allegedly not Doucet’s only victim.
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