JEANERETTE, La. (KPEL) -- A 78-year-old Jeanerette man has been booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on allegations he molested a juvenile.

According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, Jules Gaspard was arrested after police received a complaint two weeks ago from the victim's mother that he inappropriately touched her daughter.

Gaspard confessed to the inappropriate touching after being questioned by investigators, Guidroz said.

"Just as we teach children about the dangers associated with crossing the street or going near a hot oven, we must talk to them about how to keep their bodies safe," Guidroz said.

Guidroz urged parents to keep open the lines of communication between themselves and their children, saying, "By doing these things, together we can help break the cycle of child abuse."