Carnival worker arrested for touching a 12 year-old girl

Dularge, La. - A traveling carnival ride worker was arrested over the weekend in Terrebonne Parish in connection with a sexual offense against a 12 year-old girl. An off-duty deputy with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office was working a detail at a fair in Dularge when a young girl ran up to him asking for help. The girl told the deputy she had just exited a carnival ride when she was inappropriately touched by a man who was operating the carnival ride.

According to Sheriff Jerry Larpenter, the young girl was attempting to help a smaller child exit the ride when she was approached from behind by the man who fondled her buttocks.

The ride attendant, identified as 24 year-old Edward Jackson of Wisconsin, was questioned by detectives. Larpenter says he admitted to inappropriately touching the juvenile, but told deputies he thought she was older than 12 years-old and thought his actions were acceptable.

Jackson is employed by the Calkins Midway Carnival group and travels around the country as a carnival ride attendant. He was arrested and charged with one count of indecent behavior with juveniles. He was booked at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.