Jeanerette man arrested for having sex with juvenile

JEANERETTE — A Jeanerette man is in the Iberia Parish Jail tonight, charged with performing sexual acts with a juvenile.

Matthew Knight, 19, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on a single charge of first-degree rape. He is being held without bond pending his first court appearance.

According to the Jeanerette Police Department, a complaint of indecent behavior with a juvenile was filed on Feb. 18. An investigation led police to Knight as a suspect.

A Jeanerette Police Department press release stated that investigators learned that Knight had performed sexual acts with a 9-year-old child over the course of the past few months.

The JPD release stated that Jeanerette City Marshal Fernest “Pac-Man” Martin and the Jeanerette City Marshal’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Dwayne Fatherree is the community editor for The Daily Iberian. He can be reached at

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