Crime

Slain gang member’s nephew arrested in child’s molestation

Chancey Ashton Bilbo
Chancey Ashton Bilbo

A Sheriff’s Office SWAT team raided a home in Leetown on Thursday to arrest a man accused in the molestation of a 7-year-old girl.

Chancey Ashton Bilbo, 25, faces a charge of child molestation.

Hancock County sheriff’s Investigator Gary Hudgens said Bilbo was arrested without incident at his home on Tom Lee Road in the northwest area of the county. Leetown is about 20 miles east of Picayune.

About a month ago, investigators received a tip from Hope Haven Children’s Services of Bay St. Louis regarding a possible child sexual assault involving Bilbo. Hope Haven, an organization that advocates and provides resources for abused and neglected children, obtained the information during a forensic interview with the child, Hudgens said.

He said the investigation revealed Bilbo molested the girl several times over the past year at his home.

The sheriff’s office sent the SWAT team with a warrant for his arrest Thursday.

Hudgens said the SWAT team assisted in the arrest because Bilbo posed a “possible threat to law enforcement officers.”

Bilbo is the nephew of Matthew “Sir Twig” Spooner, a former Simon City Royals gang member shot to death last summer in New Orleans.

The Sea Coast Echo in July reported both Bilbo and Spooner were members of the Sip City Royals, a more charitable community organization spun off from the Simon City Royals.

“Twig gave us a way out of the ‘gang’ lifestyle,” Bilbo, known as “Sir Able” Bilbo, told the Sea Coast Echo. “He gave us the opportunity to turn a negative into a positive. He implemented the changes we needed to continue to move forward in a positive direction. With those changes, the Sip City Royals was born.”

Bilbo surrendered to deputies peacefully, Hudgens said. He is being held at the Hancock County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond on the child-molestation charge and a $2,500 bond on a contempt of court charge.

Hudgens said the investigation is ongoing.

Wesley Muller: 228-896-2322, @WesleySMuller

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