St. Mary

Sep 5, 2013 7:13 PM by Chris Welty

Alleged Child Predator Arrested

A golf instructor from Baton Rouge is facing serious charges in Acadiana concerning one of his students.

65-year old Paul Hensley is charged with on-line solicitation and indecent behavior with a juvenile. According to State Police, he arranged to meet up with a boy outside of instruction-time. That's when troopers moved in.

State Police wouldn't say how old the boy is except he's under 16. He's safe thanks to his guardian who became concerned after reading text messages from his golf instructor, Paul Hensley. At the time, the conversations weren't sexual, but the guardian called State Police.

"We were able to obtain the device the child was using, we assumed his identity and continued the conversations Hensley initiated," said Trooper Stephen Hammons of Louisiana State Police Troop I.

Hensley is a known golf instructor in the Baton Rouge and St. Mary Parish areas. Troopers say conversations became sexually explicit and Hensley arranged to meet somewhere in St. Mary Parish.

"This is something that's incomprehensible. You can't imagine that an adult would do this to a young child," said Hammons.

When Hensley arrived Wednesday, troopers moved in quickly and arrested him.

"Child predators are master manipulators and are very good at manipulating people into thinking they're OK. They put themselves in the position of trust and earn that child's trust," said Hammons.

Troopers believe there could be more victims who haven't come forward.

"It's not just about this one boy in this case, it's about all the other victims we believe could potentially be out there."

Troopers encourage victims of sexual predators to come forward. They have 30 years from their 18th birthday to report the crime.

This case was part of "Operation Child Watch" and the mission is to rescue children from the potential abuse of child predators. State Police offer classes to train parents and guardians on the warning signs of sexual predators and how to recognize the signs in conversations.

If you're interested in classes, call State Police Troop I.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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