Bond denied to man accused of molesting 5-year-old

A man accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl suffering from a malignant brain tumor was denied bond Friday.

 

Paul Edward Hyatt II, 53, has been held without bond since his arrest Oct. 13 on charges of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

Assistant District Attorney Joanna Mastny said Friday in Richmond County Superior Court that law enforcement recently received information Hyatt may have also molested the victim’s 3-year-old sister.

The 5-year-old told her grandmother on Sept. 18 about how Hyatt would play a game with her that involved fondling and oral sex, Mastny said. He also showed her a video of a woman playing the game with a horse, Mastny said.

The child said Hyatt told her not to tell anyone about the game or he would spank her, Mastny said.

Investigators searched Hyatt’s computer and discovered it has been wiped clean with a computer program, Mastny said. But they found recent browser history that showed visits to sites featuring bestiality.

Hyatt only had one prior conviction on his record. Until his arrest he had been working as a security officer, defense attorney Caitlin Angelette said.

Senior Judge Albert M. Pickett denied bond, finding Hyatt could be a flight risk and a possible danger to the community.

Reach Sandy Hodson at sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3226

 

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