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FOX 8 Investigates: Convict re-arrested for raping child

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Aaron Stovall (Source: OPSO) Aaron Stovall (Source: OPSO)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Twenty-one-year-old Aaron Stovall is in jail on a $750,000 bond, accused of the aggravated rape of a young child and production of child pornography.

Stovall is no stranger to police, and for the past two years, he has been in and out of the criminal justice system, spending very little time in jail.

Chief Ronal Serpas says it seems Stovall got every break possible.

"You don't have to have psychic abilities to know that Stovall was a criminal who had no interest in turning his life around. In two years, there are more than 15 incidents between him and the revolving door of a couple of those courts over there," says Serpas.

Stovall was arrested on his first felony count on April 7, 2012. He was picked up for possession of marijuana, cocaine and possession of a firearm. The next day, Stovall bonded out of jail on a $31,000 bond.

On Aug. 17, 2012, he pleaded guilty in the case and Judge Frank Marullo gave him a five-year suspended sentence, meaning no jail time.

Marullo also placed him on a five-year probation.

Five weeks later on Sept. 26, his probation officer when to Stovall's house for a routine check. The officer says he found Stovall in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle, a .40-caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun, marijuana and about 23 bags of powered cocaine.

The probation officer arrested Stovall.

His hearing to revoke his probation before Judge Marullo, though, never really happened. Court documents reveal the rule-to-show-cause hearing was continued over and over again at the request of the defense.

He was released from jail on Dec. 5 of 2012.

"He demonstrated he was a criminal, and the only way you would not know that is if you ignored it as it seems to the record," says Serpas.

According to the court documents, Judge Marullo placed Stovall on house arrest.

While on house arrest, he was picked up three different times from August of last year until April of this year.

He was arrested each time for violating the house arrest.

Court documents show the judge released him from jail and placed him back on house arrest on each occasion.

Only seven days after his last release, the NOPD arrested Stovall for the aggravated rape of a young child.

"We have to work as a partnership, but the light of accountability to make us a better police department and the light of accountability to make for a better prosecution made no difference in this man's case. It made no difference in that he was set free time after time after time and look what happened," says Serpas.

We reached out to Judge Frank Marullo, but he declined to comment.

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