Youth pastor's assistant arrested in Pascagoula

Jimmy Ray Patt, Jr. (Photo source: Pascagoula Police Dept.)
Jimmy Ray Patt, Jr. (Photo source: Pascagoula Police Dept.)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A man who serves as a youth pastor's assistant at a Pascagoula church is being accused of touching a child for lustful purposes.

Jimmy Ray Patt, Jr, 32, is charged with one count of dissemination of sexually oriented material to a person under the age of 18, and one count of unlawful touching a person for lustful purposes when the person occupies a position of trust or authority over the child.

Investigators believe Patt sent a nude photo of himself on one occasion. They also said their investigations found the touching incident happened on a separate occasion.

Patt worked with the youth at a Pascagoula church, but police didn't name the church. And it wasn't immediately clear if Patt was paid for his work, or a volunteer at the church.

Jimmy Patt is currently being held at the Pascagoula Municipal Jail awaiting an initial appearance before Judge Michael Fondren.

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