When she found the sex toy, the mother feared her young daughter had been abused.
Even more suspicious, the girl, who was under age 12, was reluctant to talk with her mother about what had happened. The mother reported her suspicions to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said, and investigators went from there.
Deputies arrested Alex Jackie Pearson, 66, Thursday afternoon at his home in Kiln. He is charged with more than 20 counts of sexual battery, touching a child for lustful purposes and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Grannan said.
Justice Court Judge Tommy Carver set Pearson’s bond at $2.2 million. Pearson is being held in the Hancock County jail.
Deputies were armed with a search warrant. They seized sex toys like the ones the girl had described and electronics, Grannan said.
“He has been abusing her for some time now, probably a year,” Grannan said. “It’s really, really, bad. It’s really hard. She’s a sweetheart of a little girl, bubbly personality.”