A former Louisville, Miss., resident has been charged with sexual battery of a vulnerable adult, for whom he was a person in a position of trust or authority.
60-year-old Carl E. Jernigan, who had been living in Alaska, was extradited to Mississippi and served with an indictment in Winston County July 20, according to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
"This man was a trusted figure in the victim's life, and he stands accused of taking advantage of that trust," said Hood. "If convicted, he faces up to thirty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and a $10,000 fine."
An arraignment date has not yet been set in Winston County Circuit Court.
The case was investigated by the Winston County Sheriff's Office and the Vulnerable Adults Unit of the Attorney General's Office and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Treasure Tyson.