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Amelia Man Charged With Molestation of a Juvenile

Sheriff Blaise Smith advises the arrest of an Amelia man for molestation of a juvenile.

John Franklin Vandercook, 49, Amelia, LA, was arrested on March 1, 2021, at 7:05 pm on two warrants for the following charges: - Domestic abuse battery - Unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling - Molestation of a juvenile - Rape 3rd degree - Sexual battery . On Monday, March 1, 2021, detectives with the SMPSO Investigations Division were made aware of a possible incident of molestation of a juvenile. Detectives began an investigation into the incident and quickly developed Vandercook as the suspect. . Sometime later, SMPSO Communications Division received information on the location of Vandercook. Deputies were dispatched to the location and found Vandercook in a shed on the rear of the property.

Vandercook was arrested and transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. No bail has been set.

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