Man charged with statutory rape in Jones County

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Prentice Land, 25, is being charged with statutory rape of an underage girl.

On Thursday, Land had his initial appearance at the Jones County Justice Court where his bond was set at $50,000.

"This man is out in our community on parole from the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the crime of burglary and now he's out having sex with underage girls, so I'm going to give him the opportunity to go back home where he seems to like it since he wants to commit crimes against underage kids in this county," said Jones County Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish.

Jones County Sheriff's Department first found out about the incident through a school.

"The incident occurred on the 15th of April and we were called by North East Jones Middle School on the 16th of April," said Jones County Sergeant Keith LeRoy.

After further investigation, the Jones County Sheriff's Department arrested Land April 30.

LeRoy said Land lived in the same house as the 14-year-old girl and her mother.

For now officials are waiting to see if the Mississippi Department of Corrections will have a revocation hearing on Land's parole.