Rossville man charged with sodomy, molestation and rape of a child

FORT OGLETHORPE, Georgia(WDEF) – A Rossville man is being held without bond in Catoosa County after police say he committed heinous sexual acts on a child.

Marshall Wilson, 53, of Rossville was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of sodomy; two counts of molestation and one count of rape.

A relative of Wilson told WDEF that Wilson turned himself in to authorities on Monday after police previously questioned him and tried to get him to take a polygraph test.

That same relative who asked not to be identified is questioning the timing of this investigation. He told WDEF the alleged crimes occurred in January of 2008. He also said the alleged victim who is not a family member was at least ten years old when the crime supposedly happened. He questions why the girl is coming forward with this information 6-years later.

Meanwhile, WDEF went to Wilson’s last known address in Rossville and talked to several of his former neighbors. They told WDEF that in their eyes, any sexual crimes against children should be dealt with harshly.

"You don’t do that to kids. You really don’t. Kids are innocent. Kids shouldn’t be put in something like this," said Norma Redmon.

"I’m quite shocked about it. I don’t know how I would react if my kids ever got touched or or anything. I’d probably lose it," said Tiffany Brooks.

WDEF made numerous attempts to get in touch with Fort Oglethorpe Detective Tammy Davis who is investigating the case. But Davis was unavailable to comment.

According to another detective, the arrest report has yet to be finished because more witnesses have yet to give statement.

Meanwhile Wilson remains in the Catoosa County jail; a jail that in recent months has housed a fair share of inmates accused of sex crimes against minors. In many of those cases, the crimes were not immediately reported.

Catoosa County Sheriff Garry Sisk told WDEF that there are many legitimate reasons why children are afraid to report being a victim of a sex crime. But he’s urging all children to speak up.

"If you’re being touched inappropriately; propositioned by an adult person inappropriately, you need to tell another adult," Sisk said.

Categories: Catoosa County, Crime, Local News, Walker County

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