14-year-old charged with molestation

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By Patrick Yost editor

A 14–year–old male was arrested New Year’s day and charged with aggravated child molestation against a 4–year–old girl. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, Morgan County officials have been ordered to hold the teen by a juvenile court judge. The juvenile court judge, Markley said, is asking that the teen be tried as an adult in Morgan County Superior Court. According to reports, the child’s father called authorities to their Estes Road, Rutledge residence after he allegedly overheard the victim, a 7–year–old boy and the suspect discussing porn videos. Upon further questioning of the victim, reports state, the girl alleged that the teen had inappropriately touched her. The victim and the teen are related, reports indicate. Investigators arrived at the Estes Road residence at approximately 6 p.m. and, reports state, the teen allegedly confessed the molestations to an investigator. The teen has a Newborn address. Markley did not know when the court would rule on whether or not the teen would be tried as an adult.

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