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GONZALES — A Gonzales man was awaiting extradition Monday to northeastern Mississippi after Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies arrested him on a warrant that accuses him of indecent behavior with a 13-year-old girl missing from that state, authorities said.

Police in Aberdeen, Mississippi, say Ronald Joseph Latiolais, 23, of Gonzales picked up the girl from the Mississippi city some time late Friday or early Saturday and drove her more than 350 miles southwest to Ascension Parish.

Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle said Monday that Latiolais and the girl had been communicating over the internet before he picked her up and returned with her to Louisiana.

Responding to a Mississippi warrant for Latiolais, sheriff's deputies in Ascension found him and the girl. Deputies arrested and booked Latiolais Saturday on two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile arising from actions in Ascension, deputies said.   

Randle said his department assisted the Monroe County Sheriff's Office with the investigation. He said Mississippi authorities are considering a count in Mississippi of kidnapping by taking a minor across state lines.

Under Mississippi law, the youth couldn't legally consent to leave with Latiolais, Randle said.

Bail for Latiolais has been set at $150,000 and he remained Monday in Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville, according to online records.

Randle said Latiolais could be transported to Mississippi later this week


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