Parish man accused of sex crimes

Published 7:13 am Friday, April 5, 2013

A 41-year-old Mt. Hermon man was booked into the Washington Parish Jail Wednesday on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated incest and molestation of a juvenile.

The man was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office after an investigation that began last November. The charges involve two different victims, both minors, one for the rape and incest charges and another for the molestation charge.

The Daily News is withholding the suspect’s name to protect the victims.

Capt. Tommie Sorrell praised Detective Terry Harris, who took the lead on the investigation.

“One victim came forward, and in the course of the counseling and other protocol, another victim was identified who substantiated what the first said and also disclosed previous abuse,” she said.

The investigations led to the issuance of a warrant for the man’s arrest last month, but when deputies went to his residence they learned he was working in Africa.

Extradition from another state is complicated, but extradition from another country, where treaties and other issues come into play, is a “big mess,” Sorrell said.

So the Sheriff’s Office watched and waited.

“We knew there was no way for (him) to stay in Africa and that he couldn’t go anywhere but back to the U.S.,” Sorrell said.

The suspect’s activities were monitored, and when investigators learned he was about to make his return trip they coordinated with Atlanta airport personnel and arranged for him to be arrested when he stepped off the plane.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s deputies picked him up and brought him back this week. His bond was set Thursday morning at $500,000.