Man charged with sexual assault on teen

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

A Clay County man is in jail facing charges of sexual battery, child enticement and possession of child pornography in connection with incidents involving a girl under the age of 15.

Ethan Cole Obrian, of Highway 46 in western Clay County, was arrested Friday afternoon and remains in jail, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott. Investigators still are in the process of taking statements from him and looking at other aspects of the case, Scott noted.

The girl’s mother apparently discovered the activities Thursday through the girl’s cell phone and reported it to Sheriff’s investigators whom issued warrants for Obrian’s arrest Friday.

“All we know of it at this time is what we have from the girl and the mother. We still need to talk to him,” Scott said.

Obrian was arrested by the Mississippi Highway Patrol in June for no driver’s license and a seat belt violation but has no other local record. He turns 19 in January, according to his Facebook pages.

His brother, 26-year-old Jonathan Clay Obrian, recently was picked up on malicious mischief charges stemming from a 2017 indictment in Clay County Circuit Court. He’d been on the run for several weeks before being picked up in mid-November. He has a record of theft and other charges dating back to 2011.