EBRSO: Woman arrested in connection to rape of 12-year-old girl

Jessica Carr (Source: EBRSO)
Jessica Carr (Source: EBRSO)
(Source: EBRSO and WBRPSO)
(Source: EBRSO and WBRPSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The search for a woman in connection with an investigation of the rape of a 12-year-old has finally ended, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were on the search for 22-year-old Jessica D. Carr after she was identified as the sixth suspect accused, in a probable cause report, of participating in sexual acts with a 12-year-old.

Police said the victim was raped several times, dating back to this summer.

Five men are still behind bars in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and West Baton Rouge Parish Prison, charged with sex crimes. Carr is now also arrested by EBRSO and is charged with aggravated rape as well.

Last week, investigators charged Ivy Martin, 38, with multiple counts of aggravated rape.

The aggravated rape by Carr, according to reports, happened in September 2013. The probable cause report from EBRSO says Ivy Martin and Carr both participated in sexual acts with the 12-year-old.

Deputies made several attempts to contact Carr, but were unsuccessful. They finally received information that Carr was at a residence off of Denham Street. She was taken into custody and booked.

Earlier this week, four more arrests were made in connection to the case. According to a probable cause report from EBRSO, Michael Sherbin of Baton Rouge told investigators he had sex with the girl as well in July, immediately after watching Martin have sex with the victim.

Another report stated the victim reported Arthur Lee Jones of Baker had sex with her immediately after Martin in October. The report added Jones also told police he knew that Martin allowed other men to have sex with the victim but he failed to do anything about it.

The latest arrests Tuesday, according to a Port Allen Police Department document, involved Clarence Tillman, 60, who is charged with witnessing a rape and sexual assault about eight months ago. Brandon Edwards, 26, was initially charged with sexual battery, but his charge has been upgraded to aggravated rape. The report says both Martin and Edwards had sexual contact with the child during this instance.

Martin is still being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison without bond. Jones and Sherbin are being held there as well. They remain locked up on $1 million bond each.

Tillman is being held in the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison on $10,000 bond. Edwards remains behind bars there as well on a $50,000 bond.

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