SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS SEXUAL PREDATOR
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal announced the arrest of Bobby Harris, 41, Bogalusa, for sexual offenses against a child under the age of ten.
A long-time employee of the City of Bogalusa, Harris was arrested following a thorough investigation by the Detective Division of the Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began after notification from the Washington Parish Rape Crisis Center about reported sexual abuses of the child. Detectives Tommie Sorrell and Damon Mitchell worked closely with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Washington Parish Rape Crisis Center and Major Thomas Mitchell from Rayburn Correctional Center who provided polygraph services.
Harris is charged with three separate offenses, two of which carry sentences of hard labor ranging from twenty-five to ninety-nine years, with at least twenty-five of those years without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. The third charge carries a sentence of hard labor ranging from two to twenty-five years, with at least two of those years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Additional facts about the allegations against Harris are being withheld for the protection of the victim and the victim’s family.
According to Detective Captain Sorrell, several items of physical evidence were collected during the investigation and Harris made admissions about the sexual abuse after he was arrested. Harris was placed in the Washington Parish Jail the evening of May 21 and no bond has been set at this time.
Sheriff Seal stated, “Sexual abuse of an innocent young child is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Such behavior cannot and will not be tolerated in Washington Parish. I am so pleased that our detectives were able to collect enough facts and evidence to make this arrest. Our mission is to protect all of the citizens of Washington Parish, especially our children and our seniors. We will vigorously pursue anyone who is alleged to have committed such crimes.”
Anyone who knows about or suspects that any child is being abused is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434 or (985) 735-7815.