Jones County associate pastor charged with sexual battery

Jones County associate pastor charged with sexual battery

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County associate pastor has been charged with sexual battery.

On Tuesday the Department of Human Services contacted Jones County Sheriff's Investigators concerning a report of an inappropriate relationship between a young female family member and an associate pastor at a Laurel church.

The juvenile stated to her mother that Ramon Porter, 38, on multiple occasions had inappropriate relations with her.

As the investigation continued, a forensic interview was scheduled and conducted with the juvenile.

During the interview, it was revealed that Porter had been involved in this relationship for a long period of time.

Porter voluntarily met with the Jones County Sheriff's Investigators on Friday where he admitted to the acts of which he was accused, according to the Jones County Sheriff.

He was taken into custody and charged with two counts of sexual battery.

If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

Porter made his initial appearance at Jones County Justice Court Friday afternoon. A judge set his bond at  $200,000, $100,000 for each sexual battery charge, per recommendation from Jones County DA's office.