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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Mother, son arrested in Bastrop

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  • A Bastrop man and his mother were jailed Wednesday following a sexual abuse complaint.
    The Bastrop Police Department received a complaint March 31 regarding an underage juvenile having a sexual relationship with an adult. Det. Eric Newnum began an investigation which revealed several electronic communications of a sexual nature between Joshua Stephens, 25, 926 Washburn, and the juvenile.
    On Wednesday, Newnum and BPD officers went to Stephens' residence, but he refused to answer the door. A search warrant was obtained and executed by the BPD with assistance from the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office. Stephens was located hiding underneath a bed. He was immediately placed into custody and the area search revealed several prescription pill bottles with the labels torn off. Inside the bottles were various prescription medications.
    As the officers were leaving, Stephens' mother, Debora M. Stephens, 54, returned to the home and proceeded to cause a disturbance in the front yard regarding the arrest of her son. She, too, was placed under arrest and charged with disturbing the peace - loud and profane. Stephens was booked on charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, felony indecent behavior with a juvenile and possession of legend drugs.
    Stephens previously was arrested in July of 2012 on felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, which stemmed from a similar complaint.
    If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years at hard labor for the carnal knowledge charge; up to seven years at hard labor on the indecent behavior charge and up to five years on the possession charge. He appeared before a judge Thursday morning for bonds, which were set at $5,000 per count. He remains in the Morehouse Parish jail.

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