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Mandeville man jailed for child rape

After allegations of sexual offenses against a juvenile, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Det. Kody Glenn conducted an investigation in conjunction with the Children’s Advocacy Center that led to an arrest warrant being issued for Eric Brandon Jarrell, 33, a resident of Ochsner Boulevard in Mandeville, according to WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.

Haley said that Patrol Depy. Phillip Varnado located Jarrell and arrested him at his place of employment in Washington Parish, on Thursday. Jarrell was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on one count of rape, two counts of sexual battery, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Jarrell’s bond was set at $750,000.

Jarrell’s only previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail was in 2009 on a charge of domestic violence, Haley said. He was released on that charge after posting a $1,000 bond. By Jarrell’s own admission, he was arrested earlier this year in St. Tammany Parish on drug charges.

“Protection of our children is one of the primary goals of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “We will always vigorously pursue any person who commits a sexual offense against a child. Based on the facts of this matter, Jarrell is exactly where he deserves to be — in jail.”