Man accused of sexually abusing five juveniles
COVINGTON- Authorities say a Louisiana man is accused of sexually abusing five juveniles between 2012 and 2016 in a New Orleans suburb.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery says 40-year-old Ross Patrick Bernard of Ponchatoula was arrested Dec. 2 in Virginia, but is now in the St. Tammany Parish jail.
Montgomery said in a news release Monday that Bernard was indicted Thursday on nine counts alleging sexual abuse or indecent behavior and one of failing to register as a sex offender.
Bernard's attorney, Douglas Daniel Brown, did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
Charges against Bernard include two each of aggravated rape and of sexual battery on a child under age 13; one each of sexual battery and oral sexual battery; and three of indecent behavior with a juvenile.