JEANERETTE, LA — A 78-year-old man was arrested for allegedly molesting two juveniles.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that its agency began investigating after a complaint was filed on Monday, Aug. 12. We’re told a mother told deputies that Jules Gaspard, of Jeanerette, had inappropriately touched her two children.
“Just as we teach children about the dangers associated with crossing the street or going near a hot oven, we must talk to them about how to keep their bodies safe,” Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said. “Encourage your children to tell you about things that happen to them that make them feel uncomfortable.
“If children have an open line of communication, they will be more inclined to alert you to something suspicious before it becomes a problem,” he continued. “If a child does disclose any type of abuse, it is important to take the disclosure seriously and report it to the appropriate authorities promptly. By doing these things, together we can help break the cycle of child abuse.”
Gaspard was arrested and charged with two counts of Molestation of a Juvenile. He was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail.