A teen who was a juvenile when he was arrested on child molestation charges will now be tried as an adult.
Statesboro Police Major Rob Bryan said Tyler Ray Sherman Brown, now 17, of Warnock Street in Brooklet, was only 16 when he was charged in June with child molestation and sexual battery. Brown turned 17 a few months after his arrest, and “was held in custody at a youth detention center until November 3, 2015 when he appeared before a Superior Court judge” who determined he would be tried as an adult. He was indicted by a grand jury on the same date, Bryan said.
Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Daphne Totten, who is assigned to the case as prosecutor, was not immediately available for comment Thursday or Friday.
Bryan said the Bulloch County Superior Court notified the Statesboro Police Department that Brown will be tried as an adult.
Statesboro police Det. Tommy Brown began an investigation June 1, 2015 after a relative of the victim, a 10-year-old female, reported the incident.
The girl “was staying overnight at her aunt’s house on Granade Street with multiple other juveniles including the offender. During the night, the offender inappropriately touched the victim,” Bryan said.
The girl confided to her aunt what happened, and the aunt then contacted the police. “Officers interviewed all parties on scene and the case was turned over to Detective Brown who later arrested (Tyler Brown),” he said.
The teen was transferred Tuesday from the youth detention center to the Bulloch County Jail, according to jail records.
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