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Man accused of sexually abusing five juveniles

6 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, August 29 2017 Aug 29, 2017 August 29, 2017 7:08 AM August 29, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo from WWL- TV Channel 4 in New Orleans

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.

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