By Tia Lynn Ivey
A Madison man was arrested on charges of child molestation last week after an underage victim accused Edward Bell, 56, of molestation.
Morgan County Officer Joseph Pritchett initially responded to the complaint, filed by the child’s mother on Sept. 25. After the child’s mother recounted the allegations made by the child against Bell, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office turned the case over the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), which resulted in the arrest of Bell last week.
According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report, the victim claims that Bell inappropriately touched the child’s private parts repeatedly over the course of three weeks and pressured the victim to keep silent about it. After the victim told the mother, the mother reported the crime to authorities. The mother described her child as a “well-behaved child, and an honest child with no reason to make up these types of stories.”
The GBI, too, believed the underaged victim’s claims had merit, arresting Bell on charges of child molestation on Sept. 25.
On Monday, Oct. 14 Johnny Angel, 43, turned himself into Jackson County, Ga. authorities on two outstanding Morgan County warrants of child molestation. According to GBI Special Agent Joe Wooten, Angel had learned he was wanted in Morgan County and turned himself in to Jackson authorities.
Angel, arrests warrants allege, had inappropriate contact with a female under 16-years-of age “in violation of state law,” Wooten said.
Warrants allege that on Feb. 28 and Feb. 29 Angel allegedly committed the acts against the juvenile in Morgan County.
Angel was transported to Morgan County on Tuesday and remains in detention at the Morgan County Detention Center.