A 32-year-old Raceland man was arrested last week after sexually abusing and slapping a child, authorities said.

Stephen Lirette is charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, sexual battery and simple battery, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives recently launched an investigation into Lirette after receiving a complaint that he forced a child under 13 to touch him inappropriately, authorities said. When the victim began to cry, Lirette reportedly slapped the child in the face.

Following the investigation, Lirette was taken into custody Friday and booked into the Lafourche Parish jail, authorities said. His bail has not yet been set.

Due to the nature of the allegations, the Sheriff’s Office said it will release no further details about the investigation.