Meridian Star

July 31, 2013

Man arrested on sex charges

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department authorities have arrested and charged a man with sexual assault offenses against a 13-year-old girl.

    Sheriff Billy Sollie said Tuesday afternoon that Jeremy Williams, 24, has been charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of statutory rape. Sollie said Williams has been placed on $60,000 bond, $20,000 for each charge.

    Sollie said earlier in July the parents of the teenager came to the sheriff's department to report what they considered inappropriate conversations and physical contact between their daughter and Williams. As a result of the investigation a warrant was issued for Williams Monday. At about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Williams was taken into custody by investigators with the LCSD. Sollie said Williams has not posted the required bond amount to be released and is still being held in the Lauderdale County jail in downtown Meridian.

    Sollie said this is the second time in as many weeks that parents have become involved in what their children are doing on social networking sites. He said it is imperative parents keep tabs on who their children are interacting with and what the subject matter of their conversations are in order to protect them from those who would do them harm.

    "There are so many ways, so many avenues young people can communicate these days," Sollie said. "In many instances they are not quiet sure who they are talking to nor to the exact motives of that person. If parents care about their children, then they will get involved in this aspect of their children's lives."

    Last week Kenneth M. Wallace of Collinsville was arrested and charged with the exploitation of children in connection with an incident involving a girl said to be in her mid teens. Wallace did post bond and is currently out of jail waiting for his case to be presented to a Lauderdale County grand jury.