Hancock man accused in 21 counts of molestation of several young girls


Hancock County sheriff's investigators have arrested a Leetown man who they say has been molesting a number of young girls over the past six years.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Friday deputies arrested Joseph Scott Rogers, 33, on Tuesday on 21 counts of sexual assault on minors.

The charges include nine counts of touching a child for lustful purposes, six counts of sexual battery and six counts of unnatural sex, Bass said.

So far, investigators have identified five victims, all of whom are under the age of 16, Bass said.

"This case has been under investigation for about a week and a half," he said. "We feel confident that additional charges will be forthcoming."

Bass said authorities also believe Rogers assaulted other young girls in other Mississippi counties and in Texas.

Rogers was booked at the Hancock County Jail. Justice Court Judge Desmond Hoda set his bond at $675,000 "cash only," meaning he cannot post bail through a professional bonding company at this time.

Bass said authorities are limited on what information they can release because of the ongoing investigation.

"We are continuing to investigate this case and we are working with other jurisdictions regarding additional charges," he said.