A 16-year-old boy charged with molesting a 5-year-old girl was charged and will be tried as an adult, according to Georgia law. An 11-year-old boy also charged in the incident will be tried as a juvenile, said Statesboro Police Capt. Scott P. Brunson.
Dominique Raheem Marshon Hill, 16, Nottingham Trail, is charged with aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes after an Aug. 30 incident on Hampton Avenue, where he and the younger offender reportedly molested the girl.
Hill is being charged and tried as an adult because of a Georgia law stating anyone over age 13 committing one of the “seven deadly sins” – seven heinous crimes including aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and murder – is charged as an adult.
The 11-year-old faces the same charges, but will be tried in juvenile court. Both he and Hill are being held in Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center, Brunson said.
The suspected offenders were arrested Saturday after almost two weeks of investigation by Statesboro Police Det. Patrick Haralson. The boys were taken into custody around 11 a.m. Saturday, he said.
The 5-year-old, whose family is acquainted with the offenders’ family, was not physically injured during the incident, Brunson said. The investigation into the matter was closed with the suspected offender’s arrests, he said.
This case follows one Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators handled in July, where a 15-year-old boy was charged and will likely be tried as an adult after being arrested on similar charges. The victim in that case is a 7-year-old boy, and both the victim’s and suspected offender’s families were acquainted.