Jury selection begins for third suspect in Livingston Parish sex abuse case

LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) – Jury selection began Tuesday at the trial of Melanie B. Curtin.

Curtin, 41, of Denham Springs was arrested in February 2020 and charged with one count of aggravated rape and one count of video voyeurism. She is linked to the high-profile case against a former Livingston Parish MP, Dennis Perkins, and his wife. The couple faces dozens of charges of child pornography and rape.

Curtin would later plead not guilty to charges of video voyeurism and rape.

Perkins was subpoenaed to testify at Curtin’s trial, but the judge was told he planned to plead the fifth and was not going to appear.

In a separate trial, Perkins also faces dozens of combined counts of producing child pornography and other sexual offenses, including allegations of dog sex abuse and attempted rape.

Three panels of potential jurors were asked if they would be uncomfortable watching a 17-minute pornographic video that will be used as evidence at trial. Jurors were also asked if they had ever blacked out or passed out due to alcohol or Ambien.

Attorney General Jeff Landry said, “My office is eager to hold Ms. Curtin accountable and to obtain justice for the victim of the crime. We will continue to work tirelessly to make Livingston Parish and all of Louisiana safer places to live, work, pray, and raise families.

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office is pursuing the case after Livingston Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux officially removed his office from the proceedings.

Martin E. Berry