Laurel man charged with sexual battery, molestation of juvenile family members

Laurel man charged with sexual battery, molestation of juvenile family members

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel man is behind bars after being charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of molestation.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, Billy Ralph Prince, 68, was arrested Monday following an investigation involving accusations of molestations of juveniles.

Investigators said a family member of Prince, a juvenile, brought the incident to the attention of a school counselor. The counselor then contacted the student's parents who immediately contacted the sheriff's department.

During the investigation, the department discovered that two other juvenile family members had also been inappropriately touched.

Prince is schedule to make his first appearance in court Tuesday where his bond will be set.