Natchitoches authorities arrest man for sexual misconduct with his grandchild

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested a man in connection with a two-week investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct with his 11-year-old granddaughter.

The incident happened Wednesday Dec. 21 in the 300 block of Westwind Church Rd. near Campti.

Deputies say the parents of the child reported the incident to authorities.

During the investigation detectives established sufficient evidence to obtain a criminal arrest warrant for 65-year-old Mark E. Walsworth, Sr.

Walsworth was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Thursday, Jan. 5 and charged with three counts of Sexual Battery.  His bond has been set at $90,000.

The three counts of sexual battery stem from three separate occasions of sexual misconduct involving his granddaughter.

Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.

The case file when completed will be forwarded to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.

If you have any information concerning this case, or prior cases, please contact Detective Wyn McDowell, NPSO Criminal Investigations at 318-357-7830.

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