SLIDELL, LA (WAFB) - A convicted sex offender is back behind bars one month after being released from prison for the same crime. Officials believe he used social media and a church youth group to contact potential victims.
The Slidell Police Department launched an investigation after a 13-year-old girl reported she was held down and raped. She named her attacker as 17-year-old Daniel Jones.
"Detectives searched every available database…investigators came up empty handed and concluded that the name Daniel Jones didn't exist," officials said in a press release.
Investigators eventually learned the suspect's true identity, 23-year-old Bert McDaniel Jones.
"Even more disturbing is that Bert Jones was just released from prison a month earlier (January 5, 2014) after serving 4-years for being convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile," continued the release. "The victim was 14-years-old in that case."
A warrant was issued for Jones' arrest. He was located on Friday, Feb. 14 at his apartment on Gause Blvd. in Slidell.
"It is believed that Mr. Jones was potentially preying on young females through social media and through local youth church group, but the investigation is ongoing," noted the release.
Based on the preliminary evidence, investigators believe Jones contacted other young girls. If you know anything about this investigation, call Criminal Investigations Division at (985) 646-6347.