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Man arrested for child molestation at Jasper Park

 A 49-year-old man has been arrested and charged with sexually molesting a 13-year-old at the edge of the woods of the Jasper City Park Thursday, June 14.

The incident happened as the teen and another friend were “hanging out” with a group that included other teens and adults in the park about 5 p.m., said Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell.           

George M. McTaggart, 49, of Jasper is charged with one count of molestation and one count of enticing a minor. McTaggart was homeless at the time of the incident, but has lived in the Jasper area for years, according to police officers. Jasper Police Detective Matt Dawkins said McTaggart was a regular visitor to the park and had a police record, but nothing related to sex crimes or crimes against children.

 

Dawkins said the victim was slightly acquainted with McTaggart prior to this.                       

The case is being handled as child molestation, not rape, as there was no violent abduction or attack. The victim was not physically harmed according to the GBI investigator.

McTaggart remains in the Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

Police Chief Lovell said it was a case of the victim being lured away from the group, not being violently abducted.

This is the first crime of this nature recorded at the city park that police officers could recall.

Chief Lovell said, “The Jasper City Park is safe, but leaving kids there unsupervised is not a good idea.”

The GBI and Jasper Police are both involved in the investigation, which is continuing.

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James
+1 #1 James 2012-06-18 18:29
The date I'm sure was June 14 instead of June 21 but nevertheless I'm glad he was caught. [Editor's Note: Thanks. It was the 14th. We updated article.]
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Adult Victim
+2 #2 Adult Victim 2012-06-19 19:08
Obviously this DOES happen in Pickens County. Would be nice if other victims were treated with the same RESPECT.
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Dawn & Lonnie  Fount
+2 #3 Dawn & Lonnie Fount 2012-06-19 20:29
I have known George for several years now and this doesnt sound like anything he would do at all . but I havent heard either side so i dont know . I hope whatever happened that the hwole truth comes out reguardless of what that may be . I pray for justice and the whole tuth .
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Anonymous
+1 #4 Anonymous 2012-07-02 21:30
Dogs don't bark at parked cars; and the GBI doesn't get involved unless there is credible evidence.
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molly
+1 #5 molly 2012-07-10 01:38
i know he did not do this he is a kind and gentle man with a heart of gold
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J
+2 #6 J 2012-07-17 21:20
As a native Picken's resident, it hurts my heart to see what has become of my home town and home county. As the population grows, so does the crime rate. Everyone wants to get away from the cities, the crime always follows. With all the development which has happened there over the years, I can barely recognize my beautiful home anymore. Its a shame. Nothing like this ever happened when I was growing up there.
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