Ringgold neighbors reveal more info about an accused child molester

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Updated: 6/04 7:56 pm
RINGGOLD, Georgia(WDEF) - The man at the center of a sex scandal involving a 6-year old boy has neighbors talking about his suspicious behavior.

WDEF spoke with several neighbors on Anderson Road who all said Cody Harris, 19, often caused trouble in and around the neighborhood. They also said he took part in suspicious activity that they now believe is linked to the multitude of criminal sex charges against him.

24-hours after Catoosa County deputies hauled Harris off to jail, parents who lived across the street from Harris told WDEF the community is trying to get over allegations that Harris sexually assaulted a 6-year old boy.

"I can't believe we had all this trust and everything. Especially that close. And it's just a shock. I'm just at a lost for words," said neighbors Nina and Chris Boran.

According to the victim's mother, Harris showed porn videos on a laptop computer to the 6-year old boy. A neighbor who wished not to be identified recalls one occasion when he walked out his front door.

"Yea they were out here with a laptop sitting facing that way and I just never payed that much attention they were always two or three little kids out here sitting," The neighbor said.

When police searched his home, they found a computer video card and collected it as possible evidence against Harris. They also found illegal drugs in the house which allowed deputies to add felony drug charges to the illegal sex charges.

The 19-year old man was also accused of molesting the boy and even enticing the child to have sex with Harris's 17-year old girlfriend. A woman who wished not to be identified said when she to the girl, the teen denied the allegations.

"It is weird that a grown boy would and to hang out with kids. In you heart, do you think he did it? I believe so because I don't think a 6-year old could make up a lie and be constant and not change or waiver his story. I don't believe he could he could keep a lie straight. You know the 17-year old. Do you think it's possible she's could have taken part in this? Yes," she said.

The woman and several other neighbors gave WDEF the address of two locations the 17-year old was reportedly living at. After arriving at both homes, the girl was nowhere to be found.

According to the Sheriff's Office, detectives are actively looking for her and anyone else who may have information about the case.

Several neighbors have also said they've seen Harris walking down a road with a boy who fits the same description of the victim. The road just happens to be the same dead in road that leads to his alleged girlfriends home.

"He was walking this little boy and I asked him if that was his brother. He said no it's my girlfriends little boy. She lets me take him anywhere I want to go and we're just out walking. I asked what's his name and the little boy started to tell me then he Harris said we have to go. He never would give me the little boys name and I never though more about it," said an older female neighbor.

That woman also told WDEF that the child looked too old to be the son of the 17-year old girlfriend.

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RINGGOLD, Georgia(WDEF) - A Ringgold man is facing multiple felonies after authorities say he committed horrific sexual crimes on a 6-year old boy.

Cody Harris, 19, is facing criminal charges that include: child molestation, attempted aggravated sodomy and child enticement.

He was arrested on Monday but not without incident. When Catoosa County deputies kicked down his door, Harrison reportedly allowed his dog to go after them. Deputies were forced to shoot and kill the dog.

The child's mother said she and the boys father are divorced and have split custody. The alleged sex crimes happened when the boy would visit his father. According to reports, every time the boy went to stay with his father, he was allowed to play with other kids in the neighborhood. And it was while the boy was supposedly out playing when he was approached by Harris.

Harris is accused of enticing the boy by showing him porn on numerous occasions. But that's not all the victim told both police and his parents.

"He told us That Cody had tried to put his weenie inside his bottom. And had stuck a stick up his bottom," said the boys mother.

According to both the the complaint affidavit and the victims mother, the emotional damage was so severe that the 6-year old reportedly tried to hang himself because he was embarrassed. But there was also reported physical damage.

"He would hold his bowel movements and not go to the bathroom for days until he couldn't hold it anymore and he would say mommy please sit with me. It hurts so bad," the mother said.

The illegal sex acts reportedly happened at an apartment on Anderson Road.

"My son has told me that Cody would molest him and then have sex with this girl in front of my son and make him fondle her while he watched. And then when he was finished, he would try to make my 6-year old son have sex with a 17-year old girl," said the mother.

Several neighbors were not surprised that Harris would be in trouble with the law. But they were shocked by the nature of these allegations.

"It's unbelievable. I can't fathom how the parents feel," said Joshua Palmer who is a nearby neighbor.

For the mom, it's her worst nightmare coming true. For the little boy, recovery is day-to-day.

"He has good days and bad days. There will be certain things that will trigger memories and he will just go into fits of rage." she said

The mom is also happy to know the man who allegedly caused her son so much pain is off the streets.

"I praise god and praise god that he is off the streets but the one who did this with him needs to be off the street to."

She was referring to the 17-year girl who allegedly took part in the crime. WDEF spoke to a neighbor who has been in contact with the girl. The neighbor said the girl denied taking part in the act.

The case is far from over and charges against the girl could be looming.

As for the victim's mother, she said this should be a wake up call for all parents.

"I don't care how safe or how good you think your neighborhood is, you do not turn your child loose in the neighborhood."
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