Deputies arrest man accused of molesting girl

Donald Powell (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Donald Powell (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A 45-year-old man accused of inappropriate behavior with a 12-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said Donald Powell of Prairieville is charged with molestation of a juvenile.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. According to a written release, his bond was set at $75,000 by Judge Thomas Kliebert.

Detectives reported their investigation showed Powell allegedly fondled the girl over a period of nearly six months.

According to reports, he was indicted by an Ascension Parish grand jury on the molestation charge on October 25.

Investigators said they also discovered he has a long criminal history that dates back to 1987, when he was arrested on a charge of sexual battery in a different parish.

APSO added most of the crimes he has been suspected of consist mostly of burglaries and thefts, with the exception of that arrest in 1987.

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