- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - The Jones County sheriff’s office says a priest has been arrested on a charge of sexual battery.

Sheriff Alex Hodge’s office says 36-year-old Jose Vazquez was arrested Wednesday after deputies answered a complaint in western Jones County.

The statement says the father of a 12-year-old boy reported inappropriate behavior between his son and a priest who previously worked in Jones County.

Neither the sheriff’s office nor the court had information about an attorney for Vazquez. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Allison Knotts says Vazquez remained in jail Friday on $100,000 bond, and the investigation has expanded to other jurisdictions.

The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi pledged full cooperation in a statement issued after the arrest. Vazquez has worked at multiple churches, including St. Francis Xavier Parish in Wiggins and St. Lucy Mission in Lucedale.

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