Man faces charges of sex­ual abuse

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McDONOUGH — Der­rick Dean­dre An­der­son is fac­ing child sex charges af­ter his al­leged vic­tim watched a school pre­sen­ta­tion on abuse and turned him in, ac­cord­ing to The Henry Her­ald.

An­der­son, 31, was ar­rested Tues­day and charged with ag­gra­vated child mo­lesta­tion and child mo­lesta­tion. He is be­ing held in the Henry County Jail pend­ing a bond hear­ing in Su­pe­rior Court. Chief Mag­is­trate Robert God­win bound over the case for pre­sen­ta­tion to a grand jury Fri­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

An­der­son is a con­victed felon who served two stretches for man­slaugh­ter and armed rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to Ari­zona Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions records. He was re­lease most re­cently in Au­gust 2009.

The al­leged vic­tim told po­lice the abuse started in the fall of 2010 when An­der­son showed her a porno­graphic movie. The girl, now still un­der the age of 12, said one en­counter was March 2, tes­ti­fied Henry po­lice De­tec­tive Tom Stott.

“She re­mem­bered the March date be­cause that was the day he was re­leased from be­ing in jail,” said Stott. “We checked and found he’d been re­leased from the Henry County Jail March 2.”

Un­der ques­tion­ing by Henry State Court As­sis­tant So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Joe Stone, Stott said the girl came for­ward with the al­le­ga­tions af­ter see­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at her el­e­men­tary school on phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse.

“She watched a pre­sen­ta­tion May 16 and made the dis­clo­sure the next day,” he said. “The in­ci­dents seemed to hap­pen when the de­fen­dant was drink­ing al­co­hol or smok­ing marijuana.”

The child be­came “emo­tional, up­set and cry­ing” dur­ing her in­ter­view with po­lice, said Stott. She was taken to Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta for a recorded foren­sic in­ter­view, he said.

Un­der cross ex­am­i­na­tion by court ap­pointed at­tor­ney Jen Lewis, Stott ac­knowl­edged that a phys­i­cal exam of the child showed no ev­i­dence of child mo­lesta­tion. Stott also told Lewis that a thor­ough search of An­der­son’s home in May failed to un­cover the porno­graphic video the child told po­lice she watched two years ago.

The child has moved out of state. and claimed she was “just clip­ping some­one’s braces wire” and “not do­ing any­thing il­le­gal.”

Cur­tis claimed she works as trav­el­ing or­thodon­tic as­sis­tant with Strait Or­thodon­tics, which she said was in At­lanta but she couldn’t pro­vide the ad­dress. Cur­tis al­legedly showed of­fi­cers her equip­ment stored in bags used when she trav­els on the job.

The re­port stated some type of den­tal ma­chine had been plugged into the wall and cov­ered with a sheet and had been moved to the closet when the in­ves­ti­ga­tor ar­rived. Cur­tis claimed the ma­chine was given to her but was bro­ken.

Cur­tis was booked into the Rock­dale County Jail and charged with one count of prac­tic­ing den­tistry with­out li­cense.

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