Accused child molester turns himself in to Sheriff’s Office

Published 4:19 pm Friday, October 6, 2017

Tuesday, Oct. 3, Michael Hurst surrendered himself to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office after being accused of molesting his 7-year-old relative.

On Tuesday May, 30, an E-911 dispatcher notified Lieutenant Ken Davidson of a complaint received about child molestation on the 400 block of Day Road. After the notification, Davidson asked Investigator Justin Bedwell to meet him at the location.

Upon arrival, Davidson made contact with two males who directed Davidson to the trailer the call had come from. After approaching the rear door, the mother invited Davidson inside and explained her daughter had stated Hurst had touched her in her “no no place.”

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Later that afternoon, a forensic interview was conducted on the child, where Rachel Kelly from the Oak House Child Advocacy Center determined Hurst had rubbed the child’s groin area several occasions with his hand.

The mother was notified her daughter would have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation at a later date.

Thursday, Sept. 28, Bedwell received the results from the psycho-sexual evaluation that was conducted by Dr. Destin Stewart at the Mozaic Center in Thomasville. The results stated that Hurst had fondled the child on 10 separate occasions, all while she was undressed. It is also reported Hurst once requested for the girl to look at his privates.

The mother denied ever having any indication that this was going on.

Although Hurst has turned himself in, he declined to give a police statement and it is still an ongoing investigation.