JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A man was arrested and charged with two counts of statutory rape after the Jones County Sheriff's Department received a Law Enforcement Referral Packet from the Department of Human Services last week.
Kezin (sic) Carter, 37, made his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court Tuesday where Judge Billie Graham set Carter's bond at $50,000. Carter was also out on bond for a previous charge and that bond was revoked.
Carter remains housed at the Jones County Jail.
On Jan. 13, law enforcement received information that a mother had taken her 15-year-old daughter to the health department because she was concerned her daughter had a possible sexual encounter with a man, according to a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
After Jones County Sheriff's Investigators conducted a forensic interview, they discovered that Carter had a sexual encounter with the victim when she was just 14 years old.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Department took Carter and brought him to Jones County for questioning and he admitted to two separate sexual encounters with the victim, according to the Jones County Sheriff's Department. He also acknowledged knowing the victim's age.
According to the sheriff's department, Carter was charged with two counts of statutory rape.
The incident is still under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Department.