James Kevin Ratliff
James Kevin Ratliff

Four counts of molestation have been filed against a 48-year-old Webster Parish man for allegedly having sex with an underage girl, Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says.

Parish deputies arrested James Kevin Ratliff, who lives on Kings Corner Road in Sarepta, after he reportedly confessed during questioning by investigators that he had sex with the juvenile.

“He admitted to having intercourse with the juvenile at his house and at her house on four different occasions,” the sheriff said. “He was placed under arrest, charged with four counts of molestation of a juvenile and booked in at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.”

According to Louisiana revised statute 14:81.2, “whoever commits the crime of molestation of a juvenile, when the victim is 13 years of age or older but has not yet attained the age of 17, shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than five nor more than 10 years, or both.”