Ernest Ray Harris, Jr., 45 of Patterson, LA, was arrested on July 9, 2021, at 7:14 pm for 1st degree rape and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
On July 8, 2021, the SMPSO received a complaint of a rape that occurred in the Amelia area. During the investigation, Harris was developed as the suspect.
On July 9, 2021, Harris was located and questioned on the allegations. A warrant was obtained for Harris, and he was arrested and transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking.
Bail was set at $300,000.