SPRINGHILL – An illicit sexual meeting involving a 14-year-old girl, plus revealing cell phone photographs and sexually explicit conversations with other underage females have resulted in big trouble for a north Webster Parish man.
Cody Ray Beason, a 19-year-old resident of 2nd St. Pinehill in Springhill, is currently being held in Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center (BDCC) facing at least nine sex-related charges
Springhill Chief of Police Will Lynd said an investigation into Beason's activities began early Tuesday when his office was contacted by an Arkansas man who had come to Springhill to pick up his daughter. Lynd said the man had been told by his daughter she was going riding with a friend and the friend's mother.
"The father of a 14-year-old girl told us he learned his daughter had been picked up by Beason at his Arkansas residence, and was found at Beason's house in Springhill," Lynd said. "We obtained a search warrant and went to Beason's residence."
Lynd said SPD investigators learned Beason had intercourse with the 14-year-old at the residence. And damaging evidence of activities involving under-age girls was discovered when investigators searched Beason's cell phone, Lynd said.
"In reviewing the text messages on Beason's phone, officers found a total of three nude pictures of a 16-year-old girl," Lynd said. "In other text messages (on the same phone) to a 16-year-old, Beason sent a picture showing his genetalia."
In addition, Lynd said detectives found more extremely sexually explicit text messages from Beason to the 16-year-old during their extensive search of the suspect's cell phone.
Lynd said the investigation, which is still underway, has led investigators to even more cell phone conversations with juveniles.
"Going all the way back to last year, Beason has been talking to other underage females," Lynd said. "He has been talking on Facebook and by text message with many, but he has only been sexually explicit with four."
To date, Beason has been charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, obscenity, two counts of computer solicitation of a minor, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and three counts of possession of child pornography.
"As we continue investigating, there is a possibility that more charges will be filed," Lynd said.
This case shows the importance of parental involvement in monitoring the electronic devices which today's youth have at their disposal, Lynd said.
"We used to tell parents they should carefully monitor their child's activities on the Internet," he said. "Today, with the apps that are available, cell phones can access the Internet from just about anywhere and can be a lot more dangerous to a child's safety.
"Parents may watch computers, but they're probably not monitoring cell phones closely, and they should," Lynd said.