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Dixie Inn man arrested for molestation of a juvenile

by Minden Press-Herald

An investigation into complaints filed against a local businessman has resulted in his arrest on three counts of molestation of a juvenile.

 Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said 76-year-old Ronald David “Ronnie” Jernigan was taken into custody Tuesday at his home in the 100 block of Sunny Beach Rd. in Dixie Inn.  Jernigan is currently being held at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on bonds totaling $450,000. “After looking into the complaints, Det. Karen McDonald applied for and received a warrant for Mr. Jernigan’s arrest,” Parker said. “We picked him up at his property Tuesday morning without incident.” Following Jernigan’s arrest, deputies reportedly exercised a search warrant for his residence. “Our investigators have already recovered very solid evidence in this case, and we’re continuing to gather information.” Parker said.  Molestation of a juvenile carries stiff penalties under Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 14, Section 81.2. When the victim is under the age of 13, penalties include imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 25 years nor more than 99 years on each count. At least 25 years of the sentence shall be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

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