POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 4:04pm
ST. MARY PARISH, LA (NBC33) — A 65-year-old man from Baton Rogue was arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to a teen boy.
According to the Louisiana State Police, the suspect Paul Hensley, Jr., was contacting the boy from St. Mary Parish via text messages. They say the child’s guardian contacted law enforcement earlier this month.
Officials say that child’s guardian had attended a class provided by State Police regarding the warning signs of sexual predators. When she became aware of the messages, she recognized some warning signs and contacted authorities.
Investigators continued to monitor the messages and they say Hensley became sexually explicit with his conversation. He also indicated that he wanted to meet the boy at a location in St. Mary Parish for a sexual encounter.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Troopers arranged a meeting with Hensley. When he arrived, they placed him under arrest for Online Solicitation of a Juvenile and Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. He was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail.
The investigation remains under investigation at this time due to the possibility of additional victims. Officials say Hensley has worked with youth for many years in Baton Rouge as well as St. Mary Parish as a golf instructor.
If your child has been instructed by Hensley you are asked to call State Police at (337) 262-3341.