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Gautier Police arrest man in sexual battery of 8-year-old

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GAUTIER, MS (AP) - A 47-year-old man charged with sexual battery of an 8-year-old in Gautier is being held in the Jackson County jail on a $40,000 bond.

Gautier police detective Becky Thibodeaux said police took the suspect into custody Thursday. He is charged with sexual battery in an incident on an unspecified date in 2009.

Thibodeaux tells The Sun Herald that the suspect knew the victim.

Sexual battery is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

It wasn't immediately clear if Thibodeaux has an attorney.

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