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Pearl River arrests suspect in child molestation investigation

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Views: 1976

Pearl River arrests suspect in child molestation investigation
From Pearl River Police:
PEARL RIVER---After several months, the Pearl River Police Department is wrapping up a child molestation investigation which led to the arrest of Michael Pippins last month.

Detective Steven Gaudet Jr. and Detective Tommy Benasco worked closely with the Child Advocacy Center to obtain a forensic interview of the child victim.

After reviewing the facts with Assistant District Attorney Eison Bowlen, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant signed by Judge Knight for Michael Pippins for the criminal violation of Aggravated Crimes Against Nature (Victim under thirteen years old). Michael Pippins was arrested and the case has now been turned over to the 22nd District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Chief "JJ" Jennings says, “Betrayal is too kind a word to describe any situation in which a trusted adult puts a small child through a living nightmare for years, and yet this is what has happened. This beautiful child, this survivor, will no longer get to live a carefree normal childhood as many of our children will. Instead this child will have a lifetime of painful memories to deal with due to the disgusting and vile acts of Michael Pippen. Let this be a warning to any child molester out there, if you inappropriately touch children, my Detectives will find you and bring you to justice. There isn’t a sympatric soul here in Saint Tammany for this kind of evil.”

The National Children’s Alliance reported that nearly 700,000 children are abused or neglected annually here in the United States.

If you have information on an abused or neglected child, please contact the Pearl River Police Department at (985) 863-5711 or the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at (985) 893-6363.

For additional information regarding this case, please contact Deputy Chief Danny Hunter.