On July 7, 2021, juvenile detectives with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report from the New Iberia Police Department in reference to a molestation of a 13 year old female juvenile.
The juvenile was forensically interviewed at Hearts of Hope. An arrest warrant was obtained for Jessie Higgins, 44 yr. old, male on the following charges:
LA RS 14:42.1 Second Degree Rape
LA RS 14:81.2 Molestation of a Juvenile
LA RS 14:43.3 Oral Sexual Battery (2 counts)
LA RS 14:81 Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile
LA RS 14:81.1 Pornography Involving a Juvenile
LA RS 14.81.3 Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor
Higgins was placed under arrest at his home and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail. His bond has been set $375,000.00.
Hearts of Hope is a non-profit agency that responds daily to those affected by the trauma of sexual violence in our community by providing education, advocacy and empowerment programs. With the assistance of law enforcement, the criminal justice system and healthcare professional, their services are available in the Acadiana area.