Suspect charged in rape, sexual assault of 5 girls

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Marrero resident Raymond Bell is facing two counts of aggrevated rape of a child under 13-years of age.  He's also charged with indecent behavior involving a victim under 13, sexual battery of a victim under 13 and sexual battery a juvenile.

The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports All of the victims are related, four of the victims are now adults, and the youngest victim is 17.  Bell is also known to the families of the victims.  

The sexual assaults allegedly took place on a number of occasions over a ten year period beginning in 1999.  The victims reportedly were all under the age of 11 when the assaults occurred.  

Authorities became awake of Bell when an unidentified family member contacted Sheriff's in January of last year.  Bell was promptly arrested and has been held since being initially charged in March 2018.  

When prosecutors presented the case to the Grand Jury charges were upgraded.  Bell is currently being held on $1.2-million bail.