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LC man charged with rape remains out on bond

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Judge Robert Wyatt ruled Wednesday that Joseph Herbert Bargeman, the Lake Charles man charged with aggravated rape in a 1991 case, is to remain out on bond after prosecutors requested a bond revocation hearing.  

Bargeman was arrested and charged in June after DNA evidence from the Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab matched samples taken from an incident rape kit from 22 years ago. In June, Wyatt allowed Bargeman to bond out and be placed on house arrest. 

On Wednesday, prosecutors made their case for why Bargeman's bond should be revoked and he should be put in jail. 

"Certainly, we want a defendant charged with this kind of offense placed in a position where our public is protected," said Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier. "That is the purpose of a bond like this."

Wyatt outlined the conditions of Bargeman's bond. Bargeman must live at his parents' house, must submit to random and frequent drug tests and not leave his residence for anything except work, church or medical appointments. While his bond was not revoked, the strict bond conditions are pleasing to prosecutors.  

"It carries us farther down the road towards trial in a more secure position than we had before," DeRosier said. 

While DNA evidence directly links Bargeman to the assault, Bargeman's family believes he's innocent. 

"All I can say is that they did the DNA, but who's to tell if anybody tampered with the DNA?," said Bargeman's sister, Loueanna Grice. "We don't have any evidence.  All we know is that somebody gave the DNA."

Those questions and more are what prosecutors hope to answer in trial.

"She was strangled, lots of bruises around the neck, injuries to her chest her back her legs, her neck ... this was not a voluntary deal. We are preparing for trial right now," said DeRosier.   

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