Acting on information provided by concerned parents, the detective division of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations that a Franklinton man had been engaged in sexual behavior with juveniles.
The initial investigation resulted in the February 7, 2018 arrest of Jonathan D. Young (34), a resident of Franklinton, on two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles. He was released on February 8, 2018 after posting a $35,000 bond.
On February 9, Young was arrested again after more juveniles came forth with allegations. He was returned to the Washington Parish Jail charged with ten counts of molestation of juveniles. He remains in jail with bond on the new charges set at $225,000.
On February 12, an additional juvenile came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Young was arrested again for sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Bond will be set this week on the new charges.
WPSO reports that the investigation continues and it is suspected that other incidents may have occurred in Tangipahoa Parish and Concordia Parish, as well as Franklin County, Mississippi. Any person who may have knowledge of other crimes committed by Young is asked to contact Detective Demmie Rice at (985) 839-3434, extension 2004.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is so tragic for each of these young victims as well as their families. If your child has had contact with Young, please question them carefully about the relationship. If you have any suspicion of inappropriate behavior with your child, please contact Detective Rice.”