Last night, 49-year-old John Franklin Vandercook of Amelia was arrested by St. Mary Parish deputies on five charges including molestation of a juvenile.

Detectives began investigating after they received information that something illegal could be going on.

Investigators started to look into the allegations. Later they got a tip about Vandercook's location. They found him in a shed at the address that was given.

John Franklin Vandercook
Photo courtesy of St. Mary Parish
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St. Mary Parish officials say, via press release, that Vandercook was arrested for the following charges:

  • Sexual Battery
  • Molestation of a juvenile
  • Rape in the third degree
  • Unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling
  • Domestic abuse battery

He was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail.