PB man arrested on multiple charges


A man arrested Thursday for alleged sexual indecency with a child will also face drug charges after police found suspected marijuana on him.

Jerry Washington, 29, allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments to an 8-year-old girl, Detective Scott Norton said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Friday. When he was arrested, he had suspected marijuana in his possession.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the girl’s mother contacted police after she got a letter from the girl that allegedly said Washington had asked her to perform sex acts with him.

On Tuesday the girl told her mother that she had gone to get her clothes to get ready for school when Washington allegedly told her to come into his room and asked her for sex, Pugh said. The girl said she refused and Washington “touched his private parts” while watching her.

When police went to question Washington, they allegedly found a plastic bag containing 12 smaller bags of suspected marijuana and another bag containing suspected marijuana. The total weight of the suspected marijuana was 25 grams.

Pugh said Washington had previous convictions for three counts of breaking or entering and theft of property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a defaced firearm and fleeing.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Washington after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with sexual indecency with a child and possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

Kearney also ordered Washington to have no contact with the girl and her mother until the case is settled.

The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Washington.