A Prairieville man is in jail accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl over a nearly six-month period.

Donald Powell, 45, of 15290 Forest Oak St. in Prairieville, was arrested Tuesday, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Kevin Hanna reported in an email.

During the course of the investigation detectives learned that Powell has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1987 where he was arrested for sexual battery in a neighboring parish, Hanna said. With the exception of the 1987 arrest, Powell’s criminal history consists mostly of burglaries and thefts.

On Oct. 25, an Ascension Parish Grand Jury indicted Powell on one count of molestation of a juvenile.

Powell bond has been set at $75,000 by Judge Thomas Kliebert.