Sep 5, 2013 3:03 PM
ST. MARY PARISH | Detectives with Louisiana State Police have arrested a golf instructor from Baton Rouge on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Earlier this month, detectives were contacted by the legal guardian of a young boy who is under the age of 16. The guardian was concerned about text messages the boy was receiving from 65-year-old Paul Hensley Jr. of Baton Rouge. The guardian had attended training about warning signs of sexual predators and recognized the signs in the conversations Hensley was having with the boy even though they had not yet turned sexual.
Detectives obtained possession of the device the boy was using, assumed his identity and continued the conversations Hensley initiated. As the investigation went on, Hensley became sexually explicit with his conversations. Hensley also indicated that he wanted to meet the boy at a location in St. Mary Parish for a sexual encounter.
Troopers arrived Wednesday at the predetermined location and took Hensley into custody without incident. Hensley was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail for online solicitation of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile.
This case remains under investigation. Detectives are not ruling out the possibility of further charges.
Hensley has been known for his many years of work in the Baton Rouge and St. Mary Parish areas with children interested in golf. Detectives believe there could be more victims that have not come forward yet.
If Hensley instructed your child, you are asked to call State Police at 337-262-3341. A person who has been the victim of a sexual predator has 30 years from his or her 18th birthday to report the crime to law enforcement.
This case was a part of "Operation Child Watch." The mission of "Operation Child Watch" is to rescue children from the potential abuse of child predators. If you would like information about presentations concerning child predators you can call State Police at 337-262-5880.