Union resident arrested on child molestation charges

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A Marion man remained in custody Tuesday charged with 14 felony counts involving a 13-year-old Union Parish juvenile.

Union Parish sheriff’s office detectives arrested Jessy Lee Dean, 19, of 1713 Smith Rd., on Jan. 3 on warrants charging him with three counts of molestation of a juvenile; four counts of pornography involving juveniles; three counts of indecent behavior with juveniles; and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said bail for Dean was set at $285,000.

The sheriff said the girl’s parents filed a complaint with the sheriff ’s office Dec. 29 and the investigation started at that time.

Detectives learned during the investigation that the girl had taken her parents’ car earlier in December and had driven to Marion where she met with Dean athisresidence.

Gates said the girl admitted to having sex with the suspect and that they had been dating since July 2019 when she was 12 years old.

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff said.