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06-26-2017, 03:38 PM

Man arrested, accused of raping 14-year-old girl in Hollygrove
Updated on June 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM


A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl whom he knows at her home in Hollygrove, according to the New Orleans Police Department. He is accused of forcing the girl to have sex with him in her bedroom early Friday morning just before 5 a.m.

Matthew Bell, 31, a Black Pearl neighborhood resident, was booked into Orleans Parish jail Friday morning (June 23). He faces one count of second-degree rape. Bail was set at $50,000.

According to an arrest warrant sworn by NOPD Det. Derrick Melder, the 14-year-old told an NOPD child abuse detective that Bell entered her bedroom around three times starting at 4:50 a.m. on June 21, seeking to have sex with her. The girl stated that despite her protestations, Bell fondled her, kissed her body, pulled her clothes down and raped her.