William Austin Garvey IV, of Rosepine, was recently arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department and charged with one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Garvey was arrested by the VPSO on September 12.

His bond was set at $50,000 and he currently remains in the VPSO Jail.

Felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile is committed when:

A person who is seventeen years of age or older has sexual intercourse, with consent, with a person who is thirteen years of age or older but less than seventeen years of age, when the victim is not the spouse of the offender and when the difference between the age of the victim and the age of the offender is four years or greater.

A person commits a second or subsequent offense of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile, or a person who has been convicted one or more times of violating one or more crimes for which the offender is required to register as a sex offender under R.S. 15:542 commits a first offense of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

 

If convicted of a felony charge, Garvey faces up to 10 years in prison at hard labor.

The name of the victim has been withheld due to the sensitive nature of the crime.