Golf instructor arrested for indecent behavior with a juvenile

ST. MARY PARISH — A longtime golf instructor in both Baton Rouge and St. Mary Parish has been arrested for online solicitation of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile, state police spokesman Tfc. Stephen Hammons said.

Paul Henslee Sr., 65, who lives in Baton Rouge and originally is from Franklin, has been known for his many years of work in the Baton Rouge and St. Mary Parish areas with children interested in golf, Hammons said. Detectives believe there could be more victims that have not come forward yet, Hammons said.

Earlier this month, detectives were contacted by the legal guardian of a boy who is under the age of 16. The guardian was concerned about text messages the boy was receiving from Henslee.

The guardian had attended training provided by the state police that taught the warning signs of sexual predators. She recognized the signs in the conversations Henslee was having with the boy even though they had not yet turned sexual, police said.

Detectives obtained possession of the device the boy was using, assumed his identity and continued conversations Henslee initiated. As their investigation furthered, Henslee became sexually explicit in his communication, Hammons said.

Henslee also indicated that he wanted to meet the boy at a location in St. Mary Parish for a sexual encounter, according to Hammons.

Wednesday, troopers arrived at the predetermined location and took Henslee into custody without incident. He was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail for online solicitation of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

The case remains under investigation and detectives are not ruling out the possibility of further charges, Hammons said.

This case was a part of “Operation Child Watch.” The mission of “Operation Child Watch” is to rescue children from the potential abuse of child predators. For information about presentations concerning child predators, call state police at 337-262-5880.

If your child has been instructed by Henslee you are asked to call State Police at 337-262-3341. A person who has been the victim of a sexual predator has 30 years from his or her 18th birthday to report the crime to law enforcement.

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