Natchez man charged for exposing himself to juvenile

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, November 28, 2023

VIDALIA, La. — A Natchez man faces charges for his alleged behavior with a juvenile under 13 years old, officials of the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

On Monday, the CPSO Cyber Crime Unit began investigating allegations of indecent behavior directed toward a child by an adult identified as 38-year-old Allen Harris.

During a forensic interview with the child, investigators learned that Harris had exposed himself to the child in a sexual manner while outside a Vidalia residence, authorities said.

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At the time of the investigation, Harris was already in custody at the CPSO jail on charges of child exploitation from an October arrest and was rebooked accordingly.

Harris is now charged with an additional count of indecent behavior with juveniles where the victim is under 13.

In October, Harris was arrested after authorities said he’d been communicating on a social networking site with someone he thought was a minor and “engaged in lewd conversations, including wanting to teach the child about sexual activity and watching pornography,” Sheriff David Hedrick said in a statement.

The suspect then made plans to meet the child. “However, he was met by CPSO detectives,” the sheriff said.

He aggressively resisted arrest, kicking one deputy in the face before being taken into custody. Officers found narcotics and condoms in the suspect’s possession.

Harris was charged with indecent behavior with juveniles, computer-aided solicitation of a minor, attempted kidnapping, attempted felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, resisting arrest with force/violence – six counts, battery on a police officer – six counts, possession of schedule I CDS and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Anyone who is arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the sheriff’s office states.