Jones County man charged with sex with minor

Terry Keys
Terry Keys

A Jones County man is in jail tonight, facing charges that he had sex with an underage girl.

Terry Keys, 20, of Soso is accused of statutory rape. He turned himself in to authorities. Investigators said Keys had sex with a 12-year-old girl.

"Whether it was consensual or not, it doesn't matter," said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge. "You're talking about a 12-year-old child, and this is unacceptable behavior, and it's deplorable. I mean, what these folks think they can do, just because they can, and we won't tolerate it."

Investigators said Keys began a sexual relationship with the girl more than a year ago. It ended in April.