Nahun Alexande Valladares-Cruz, 22, of Harvey was arrested September 14, 2020 after the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of Valladares-Cruz possibly in a relationship with a female juvenile who had run away from home.

On July 30, 2020, juvenile detectives received a report of a 15-year-old female who had run away from home. The juvenile was located the following day in Gretna, and she had been in Valladares-Cruz’s custody.

Through a joint investigation with Gretna Police Department, officers discovered that Valladares-Cruz had sexual contact with the female juvenile on several occasions in St. John Parish prior to her running away from home. Detectives found evidence of sexual contact and an arrest warrant for Valladares-Cruz was obtained by St. John Sheriff’s Office juvenile detectives.

Valladares-Cruz was located in Lafourche Parish, following a traffic stop and transported to the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

During an interview, Valladares-Cruz confessed to sexual contact with the juvenile. He was charged with five counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He is being held in custody on a $62,500 bond. ICE agents also have placed a detainer on Valladares-Cruz