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NCSO arrests three suspects in molestation of 13-year-old

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested three suspects in connection with the alleged molestation of a 13-year-old girl.

According to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison, the young girl's mother took the child to Newton Medical Center for treatment on May 13 and authorities were notified at that time.

"The 13-year-old female told her mother three individuals had been sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions at multiple locations," Morrison said. "At that point, the case was turned over to CID (Criminal Investigations Division) and as a result of their investigation, there was probable cause to arrest three subjects, one of whom is a 14-year-old male."

Arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation were James Palmer, 19, of Deerfield Inn, Madison, and Robert Randall Palmer, 22, of 646 Wehunt Road, Monticello. The 14-year-old's name is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

Morrison said the three suspects were known to the victim.

In other crime news, a couple was robbed at gunpoint at their home on Cedar Creek Drive during the early morning hours Wednesday.

Morrison said the homeowner told officers he had arrived home from work between 1 and 2 a.m. and that three black males came out from around the side of his house, each brandishing a handgun.

"One of the males had on a red bandana covering his face. They began demanding money and forced the victim to go inside the residence. His wife was inside the residence and they made him tell his wife where the money was. The wife retrieved an undisclosed amount of money and gave it to them," Morrison said.

After they received the money, the three ran from the residence. Nobody was injured during the incident.

The case is still under investigation and anyone with information concerning the case is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400.

Also, on Friday, Aug. 12, a Newton County Sheriff's Office resource officer was called to the office at Cousins Middle School after it was learned that a 14-year-old student was overheard to say that he "felt like shooting up the school."

Morrison said an adult witness reported hearing the student make the statement and when the resource officer arrived to question him, "the young mn blurted out he had a knife in his locker." It was discovered that the knife had a 2- -inch cutting blade.

The 14-year-old was charged with making terroristic threats and having a weapon on school property.