THOMASVILLE — A juvenile who turned 13 this month is charged with sex crimes against two children under 10 years of age.

The young suspect was 12 when the alleged incidents took place, said Lt. Kevin Dennis, a Thomas County Sheriff's Office investigator.

"It appears all the offenses took place in the last month or so," Dennis said.

The suspect is charged with aggravated sexual battery, sodomy/aggravated sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes, child molestation and two counts of aggravated child molestation, all felonies.

"He touched their private parts," said Capt. Tim Watkins, sheriff's office chief investigator.

A 5-year-old girl and a male, 7, are the victims, Dennis said, adding that the children are sister and brother.

The offenses took place at a babysitter's, Dennis said, adding that the suspect is the younger brother of the adult babysitter.

Dennis said it has been determined the offenses occurred from late May to mid-June.

The child victims disclosed the incidents to an adult, who contacted the sheriff's office June 18.

Watkins said the teen will be prosecuted as a juvenile. Because of the charges, the suspect was processed through the Thomas County Jail.

At a subsequent hearing a Thomas County Juvenile Court judge released the boy to his parents' custody.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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