Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Mark E. Walsworth Sr., 65, of the 300 block of Westwind Church Road in Campti in connection with a two-week investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct with a juvenile relative, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.
Patrol Division deputies and Criminal Investigations Division detectives responded to the residence Dec. 21 regarding reports of sexual misconduct allegations involving Walsworth and an 11-year-old juvenile. The parents of the juvenile reported the incident.
Deputies completed an offense report for investigation purposes, while detectives collected evidence and teamed up with the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center to conduct interviews in the investigation.
Walsworth was arrested and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center Jan. 5. He was charged with three-counts of Sexual Battery.
Walsworth remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention with bond set at $90,000 dollars by a district judge.
The three counts of sexual battery stem from three separate occasions of sexual misconduct involving the juvenile according to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn.
Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.
The case file when completed will be forwarded to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.
If you have any information concerning this case, or prior cases, please contact Detective Wyn McDowell, NPSO Criminal Investigations at 318-357-7830. Information will be kept confidential.