After a second court appearance in Troup County Magistrate Court, a man arrested for allegedly molesting a child will have to appear in Superior Court to determine if he will be released on bond.
Magistrate Court Judge Vickie Sue McWaters turned the case of Earnest Reese, 54, charged with incest and aggravated child molestation, over to Superior Court due to the severity of the charges.
Investigator Shelly Downs of the Troup County Sheriff’s Office reviewed details of the case, which indicated that Earnest had molested his relative over three years ago when the child was five years old.
At the time of the incident, Reese’s 5 and 8-year-old relatives were visiting his Martin Drive residence and were lying in bed with him when, according to Downs, Reese asked the children, if they wanted to “see a hot dog under the cover.”
Reese allegedly grabbed a flashlight and shined it under the covers and the 8-year-old boy said he witnessed Reese molest the 5-year-old.
The next day, Reese told the boy not to tell anyone of the incident or he would be arrested and that they would not see each other again.
Downs said a forensic interview was conducted with the victim who attested to the account of the sexual assault.
The incident was not reported until April of this year, after another offender was prosecuted for molesting another family member and the children’s mom asked the two boys if they had ever been molested. The children then told their mother that their Reese had molested the 5-year-old child.
Reese’s Public Defender Cliff Rhoades asked Downs if Reese made any statements at the time of his arrest.
“He stated he didn’t do this and he had short term memory,” Downs said. “And that he has been in an automobile accident, that his area was compromised and that he had to have surgery and he said he didn’t do anything.”
In his first court appearance last Monday, deputies allegedly heard Reese utter that he was guilty, Downs said. Reese was granted a $25,000 bond for the incest charge at the first appearance, but a bond was not determined for the aggravated child molestation charge, which will have to be determined in Superior Court.