Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies initially arrested the 35-year-old man on charges of interference with custody on Sept. 14. That day, a family reported their 14-year-old daughter had been taken by the suspect in his truck while they attended an auction on U.S. 78 in Oxford, according to Sheriff Larry Amerson.
Amerson said the family regularly frequented the auction, and were familiar with the suspect. When the family reported their daughter missing, they told deputies the suspect had taken an “unusual interest” in their daughter, the sheriff said.
Amerson said the man took the girl to a cemetery where he had sexual contact with her. Deputies arrested the suspect when he returned to the auction with the victim.
Attempts on Friday to reach the Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office were unsuccessful.
The suspect was being held at the Calhoun County Jail this afternoon. Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said the suspect has been in custody since his original arrest last month. His bond on the rape charge is set at $100,000, and he is scheduled for a bench trial before District Judge Christopher McIntyre on Oct. 24.
The Star typically avoids naming suspects charged with sex crimes unless they are convicted or plead guilty because the stigma of such charges can linger even after charges are dismissed or a suspect is exonerated.
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