Man faces sex-related charges involving teen girl

Lonnie Fortner (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)
Lonnie Fortner (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)

PAINCOURTVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A 39-year-old registered sex offender is behind bars again on charges related to sexual activity with minors.

Lonnie Fortner of Paincourtville is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

He was arrested Thursday on five counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office said the girl's father filed a complaint after finding out about the relationship.

Deputies said the girl told them she had sex with Fortner on five different occasions.

She said she met Fortner through a mutual friend. She added it was his idea for her to tell her dad she was tutoring children at a church in Paincourtville when she was instead going to visit him.

The teen told investigators Fortner bought her things like an iPhone, clothing and jewelry. She reportedly said he also paid for visits to the beauty salon.

Fortner was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center. Bond has not been set.

Authorities reported Fortner was convicted in 2003 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and pornography involving juveniles.

He served a 5-year sentence.

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