Paincourtville man accused of having sex with teen

PAINCOURTVILLE (AP) — Assumption Sheriff Mike Waguespack says a 39-year-old man has been arrested for having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl.

Waguespack told The Courier Lonnie Fortner of Paincourtville faces multiple charges of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The sheriff said Fortner was arrested after the girl's father alerted authorities.

Waguespack said Fortner met with the girl on the pretense of tutoring her at a local church. He said the girl allegedly had sex with Fortner on five occasions in return for gifts that included iPhone, clothing, jewelry and beauty-salon visits.

Fortner remained in the Assumption Parish jail awaiting a bond hearing.

He is a registered sex offender with prior convictions of carnal knowledge and pornography involving a juvenile.

It was unclear whether Fortner has an attorney.