A couple originally arrested for cruelty to a juvenile is now facing additional Obstruction of Justice charges.
Deputies say they learned that Chasity Perkins and Jarohn Perkins tried to convince the victim in the case to recant statements made to law enforcement.
The two were arrested Monday, and both are ordered to refrain from any contact with the child.
Press Release – As detectives continued their investigation, it was learned that prior to their arrest in March, Chasity and Jarohn Perkins had engaged in conversation(s), with the juvenile victim(s), about the crime(s). According to the information received, the basis of the conversation(s) was to influence to the juvenile’s testimony and cause the child to recant previous statement made to law enforcement. Detectives were able to establish sufficient probable cause that supported the information, which resulted in additional warrants being granted for Chasity and Jarhon Perkins arrest.
On April 21, 2014, Deputies made contact with Chasity at the couple’s residence. Chasity was informed of the warrants for her and Jarhon’s arrest after which she was taken into custody without incident. Deputies booked Chasity Perkins into the Rapides Parish Detention Center for one count Obstruction of Justice.
Later that afternoon, Jarohn Perkins surrendered himself to RPSO Deputies after learning about the warrants for his arrest. Jarohn was also booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center in reference to one count Obstruction of Justice. Both Perkin’s were later released after each posted a $1,000.00 bond. As a condition of their bond, the two were ordered not to have any contact with the victim(s) and witnesses associated with the case.