It took a Claiborne Parish jury approximately twenty minutes Wednesday afternoon, September 20, to find Christopher L. Coliston guilty of one count of Third Degree Rape, two counts of Sexual Battery, one count of Attempted Sexual Battery, and three counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. The Honorable Walter E. May, Jr. presided over the three-day trial.
District Attorney Daniel W. Newell stated, “I am extremely proud of each of the girls in this case and the courage that they demonstrated by coming forward and reporting the abuse that they suffered at the hands of the defendant. Crimes against children in our community will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”
Christopher L. Coliston was ordered to be held without bond pending his sentencing on December 5, 2023. Coliston faces a maximum sentence of 480 years in prison on all of the charges as a Second Felony Offender having previously been convicted of Forcible Rape of a minor in Webster Parish. The case was
investigated by the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Cary T. Brown.