Registered sex offender, 52, accused of having sex with 16-year-old boy, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reports _lowres

Mark Russell

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Wednesday arrested a registered sex offender accused of having sex last year with a 16-year-old boy.

The victim told investigators that he had sex about a year ago with Mark David Russell, 52, according to a warrant for his arrest. The victim and his mother said they befriended Russell a year before the attack and were aware of his status as a convicted sex offender, the warrant says.

Russell was convicted of oral sexual battery, molestation of a juvenile and aggravated oral sexual battery in 1993, detectives said.

Russell, 4635 Baker Blvd., Baker, was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday on counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.