Sheriff Benny DeLoach reports that on August 19, Appling County Deputies answered a call to Cattle Gap Lane in reference to a possible child molestation of a six-year-old female juvenile. Investigation led to the arrest of Carl Ernest McClelland, 70, of Baxley. McClelland was charged with child molestation aggravated, sexual offender registry, and false statements in matters within jurisdiction of state.
On August 25, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office received information of a possible child molestation involving a twelve-year-old female. Investigation led to the arrest of Joe Gary Hayes, 33, of Baxley. Hayes was charged with aggravated child molestation.