New charges against man arrested for rape of juvenile

A Leesville man arrested last year for the rape of a juvenile received new charges this week after a second victim came forward, according to authorities. James Roland “J.R.” Harrison, 38, has been charged with one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, in relation to the new complaint received by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.

Harrison had originally been arrested in Sept. 2019 and charged with one count of second-degree rape of a 16-year-old male juvenile, and for allegedly providing narcotics to the juvenile.

At the time of his arrest, Harrison had been a reserve patrol officer with the Merryville Police Department. During an investigation into the incident, Vernon Parish and Leesville investigators discovered a large amount of police gear that had been removed by Harrison without permission from his police supervisors.

He was terminated from the Merryville PD and charged with four counts of unauthorized use of moveables.

Merryville police also placed a hold on Harrison so that upon his release from Vernon Parish, he would be transported to Beauregard Parish to be booked into the BPSO jail on those charges.

According to authorities, Harrison has remained in the Vernon Parish Jail since his arrest. His bond was set this week at $200,000, which is in addition to the $250,000 bond originally placed by Judge Scott Westerchil last year.James Roland “J.R.” Harrison

McNeese Sports

Schroyer named to national committees

Local News

17 state AGs sue Biden administration for allowing foreign farmworkers to unionize

Local News

Rounds of storms possible as tropical disturbance expected to move into Gulf

Local News

La. Supreme Court reverses ‘lookback window’ decision

life

Alligator Park closed due to high water

Business

Preserving the past: Ryan Street historic district could become reality

life

Juneteenth Freedom Festival: Family fun, fireworks, food and more in lineup for area’s 4-day celebration

Local News

Jennings City Council considering whether to increase salaries for mayor, council members

Local News

Contentious Iowa Council meeting ends with abrupt adjournment

life

Feel the Wheels at the Moss Bluff Library

Local News

NBA great Jerry West dies at 86

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Pet projects have long lives

Crime

Local man pleads guilty to 10 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile

Local News

Student-run coffee company opens after a ‘latte’ collaboration

life

PHOTO GALLERY: Coushatta Pow Wow

Local News

I-10 bridge eastbound lane closed for emergency repairs

Crime

Attorney general: Speed enforcement cameras in Oberlin OK

Crime

BREAKING: Hunter Biden convicted on all 3 felony counts

Local News

Homeward-bound athletes: Return to resume college careers with fresh start

Local News

UN Security Council adopts motion urging Hamas to accept Israeli hostage-truce offer

Local News

Unrestrained driver killed in crash with semi-truck

Crime

Prosecutor says ‘no one is above the law’ as he urges jurors to convict Hunter Biden in gun case

Local News

Credit card delinquencies are rising. Here’s what to do if you’re at risk

Local News

Texas county removed 17 books from its libraries. An appeals court says eight must be returned.