Prairieville man charged for sex with girl

Staff reports

U.S. marshals arrested a Prairieville man after a 12-hour search, and charged him for a reported sexual relationship with a 14-year-old New Iberia girl, according to authorities.

Pedro Juan Hidalgo, 24, was arrested without incident at his Prairieville home after leading authorities on a search Wednesday, authorities said.

Iberia Parish deputies said they received an anonymous phone tip that Hidalgo was in New Iberia to meet the girl.

Deputies investigating the tip reportedly caught Hidalgo and the girl having sex in a vehicle in the 2800 block of Old Spanish Trail.

The two reportedly maintained contact over the past month through text and Internet messaging.

Deputies said Hidalgo and the girl fled when confronted.

The girl was caught, but Hidalgo escaped, deputies said.

The Sheriff’s Office determined Hidalgo’s identity through his license plate.

Deputies said they recovered Hidalgo’s underwear, which they used to track his scent with bloodhounds.

After captured Hidalgo at his home, he was charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and resisting arrest by flight, authorities said.

His wife, Heather Hidalgo, was arrested on a Florida warrant for possession of heroin, according to authorities.