Third child sexual assault arrest this week in Whitfield County

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Updated: 7/19 12:08 pm
WHITFIELD COUNTY, Georgia(WDEF) -  For the third time this week, an arrest was made in Whitfield County involving sexual assaults on children.

One of the two suspects was allegedly sending nude images to a teenage girl while the other is accused of something much more worse.

The case against Matthew Dover, 29, of Dalton started when his wife logged onto his Facebook page. She found nude images of her husband and explicit messages that were sent to a 15-year old girl. According to the arrest report, the girl was a student at Southeast Whitfield High School.

Drovers wife gave authorities copies of what she found on her husbands website which is now being used as evidence against him.

Dover was charged with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. But he wasn't the only person busted on Wednesday.

Richard Hicks, 35, is accused of aggravated sodomy, and child molestation. Whitfield County authorities were able to interview the victim at a hospital in Cleveland.

Around town, many parents were outraged by the news.

"It just puts a knot in my stomach to think about my children and it it just makes me want to shelter them a little closer," said Brandon Brown

"I think it's awful. Something needs to be done about it," said Sally Vurgess

I'm appalled and shocked. I hope that whatever is being done is done quickly," said Bonnie Mille

"I don't under stand that. Laws have to be tougher. I just don't think the laws are tough enough," said Sue Webb

Both cases are separate and both arrests were within several days of the arrest of Matthew Fraire, 26.

Fraire is accused of molesting a child in two public places in Dalton.

All three cases are still under investigation and all three men are being held without bond.


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jasonod - 7/17/2014 7:35 PM
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