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ANDERSON COUNTY DEPUTIES ASSIST WITH FLORIDA CHILD SEX-ABUSE ARREST

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In a press release issued this afternoon, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reported it arrested 55-year-old David Andrew Cox last month on a warrant from Gilchrist County, Florida. The release alleges Cox engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 12. Bond on the arrest was $1 million with nationwide extradition.

In late November, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office about a possible sex-abuse act that occurred in their county. The victim, a minor child, became pregnant as a result. Florida authorities said the alleged perpetrator, Cox, was living in Oliver Springs and the abuse reportedly took place while Cox was visiting family in Florida.

In January, after the baby was born, the Gilchrist County sheriff’s office took DNA from the infant. Anderson County authorities subsequently obtained a warrant for DNA evidence from Cox; the DNA was sent to Florida.

On April 4, a detective from Florida advised Anderson County authorities of the issued warrant and asked for it to be served. Immediately after receiving notice of the warrant, deputies located Cox and placed him under arrest without incident.

Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker praised both agencies’ efforts. “The teamwork of both agencies resulted in removing a dangerous individual from streets of Anderson County. I cannot express enough how proud I am of the work our detectives and officers did on this case,” he said.

Cox is now in custody at the Gilchrist County Jail in Florida under a $1 million bond.

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