GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says that James Simon, who is accused of sexual battery, turned himself into authorities.
Simon was arrested and charged with sexual battery and oral sexual battery. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. No bond has been set yet.
Deputies were called out to Oak Meadow Street in Gonzales on March 12 about an attempted rape of a juvenile.
Detectives on the scene reported that 35-year-old Simon asked a 15-year-old juvenile to walk with him and lead them to a nearby shed. Inside the shed, the victim was forced to perform a sexual act on Simon before being able to escape.
APSO urges anyone with information on Simon to call 225-621-INFO (4636) or text the tip line at 847411. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867) and be eligible for a cash reward.