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Metter molestation suspect turns self in
Man facing multiple charges
Mark Dale Vincent Jr.

A Metter man wanted on child molestation charges turned himself in a day after the Candler County Sheriff’s Office posted a lookout for him.

Mark Dale Vincent Jr., 38, is charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation and statutory rape, said John Durden, special agent-in-charge of the Statesboro Region 5 Georgia Bureau of Investigation office.

The Metter Police Department asked for GBI assistance with the case on July 10, he said.

Requests for incident reports and records of the incident were not released Tuesday despite an agreement by a Metter police sergeant to do so via email after calls Monday and Tuesday asking for the reports. Metter police Chief Rob Shore was out of town and unavailable this week.

Vincent turned himself in to Candler County Sheriff John Miles on July 17, and Candler County sheriff’s media reports released Monday included the arrest.

Investigators did not release details of the case in order to protect the victim.

“Based on the sensitive nature of the investigation and the fact that the case is still active, no further details can be released at this time,” Durden said.

On the Candler County sheriff’s Facebook page, Miles expressed appreciation for members of the community who sent in tips regarding Vincent’s whereabouts.

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