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Monroe man charged with child molestation

Staff Written Law Enforcement

By Patrick Yost

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A Monroe man was arrested last Friday and charged with one count child molestation and one count enticing a child for indecent purposes.

According to Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office authorities and Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Arnold Merle McDonald, 60, at his home at approximately 2:30 p.m. without incident.

According to a warrant filed in Morgan County Superior Court, McDonald is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl at the child’s Micha Way residence. The warrant alleges the incident took place on Thursday, Feb. 20 while McDonald and the child were playing a game of “hide and go seek” sometime between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thompson said Tuesday that the child’s mother had allegedly witnessed the act and called authorities.

McDonald has been denied bond, Thompson says, and remains incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center.

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