Man charged with rape, child molestation dating back years


THOMASVILLE — A letter written by a 15-year-old girl to a school counselor revealed the teen had been raped by a family friend from the time she was 7 years old to when she was 11, according to Thomasville police.

"We conducted a forensic interview with her, and it gave probable cause to arrest (D'Andre Marquise) Hunter," said Thomasville Police Department (TPD) detective Joey Blackburn.

The sexual activity began when Hunter was a juvenile and continued "numerous times" after he turned 18, the detective said.

Hunter, 22, 1454 Sanford Road, is being held in the Thomas County Jail. Charged with rape and aggravated child molestation, he was denied bond.

"More charges may occur," Blackburn said. "The investigation is continuing."

The detective said the sex acts took place at the residence of a relative of the victim.

Hunter told Blackburn he was recently discharged from the U.S. Army.

"The investigation shows the incidents occurred as far back as when the victim was 7, and the suspect was 14," Maj. Wade Glover, TPD public information officer, said. 


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