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Franklinton man arrested for juvenile rape

After an investigation by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective division, a Franklinton man was arrested on Dec. 26 for two counts of forcible rape of a juvenile, according to WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.

Jessie Holden Rupe, 21, a resident of Tanglewood Drive in Franklinton, was held in the Washington Parish Jail with his bond set at $150,250.

“Sexual crimes committed on juveniles by adults are reprehensible,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Our detective division did an excellent job investigating these disgusting crimes and making an arrest. It pleases me to view out jail roster and see that adult males who sexually prey on juveniles are locked up.

“Parents and guardians, closely supervise juveniles in your care and quickly report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office. We are on duty for you 24 hours per day and will respond when you need us.”