Law en­force­ment still look­ing for ac­cused child molesters

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Au­thor­i­ties are still search­ing for two ac­cused sex of­fend­ers, be­lieved to be hid­ing out in New­ton County af­ter al­legedly as­sault­ing a lo­cal child.

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in con­nec­tion with the U.S. Mar­shals, Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol, the Cov­ing­ton and Cony­ers po­lice de­part­ments, the Rock­dale Coun- ty Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the U.S. Dept. of Home­land Se­cu­rity are search­ing for Don­ald Mac Brown, 36, and David Wes­ley Craw­ford, 57. They are wanted out of New­ton County for child mo­lesta­tion, en­tic­ing a child for in­de­cent pur­poses and so­lic­i­ta­tion of sodomy. The vic­tim was known to th­ese sus­pects. Cony­ers Po­lice De­part­ment also has charges on Brown for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to a BOLO (be on the look out) re­leased by the NCSO, “both

“[are] aware that they are wanted and Brown has stated he will not go back to jail.”

Craw­ford and Brown are both sus­pected to be armed with firearms and knives and the fam­ily be­lieves they may be hid­ing in the wooded ar­eas of New­ton County.

Au­thor­i­ties are now con­duct­ing air searches of var­i­ous wooded ar­eas around New­ton County look­ing for the two ac­cused child molesters. If the air searches re­veal any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, ground crews are on standby to in­ves­ti­gate.

If res­i­dents no­tice any­thing sus­pi­cious or think any­one may be liv­ing in the woods near them, they are ad­vised not to in­ves­ti­gate them­selves but to im­me­di­ately call 911.

“Do not con­front the sub­ject,” said New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy Cort­ney Mor­ri­son. “We don’t want peo­ple to go into the woods search­ing for sub­jects.”

Cony­ers po­lice as­sisted the U.S. Mar­shals last week with a search of Brown’s res­i­dence on Robin Road, ac­cord­ing to CPD Lt. Jack Dunn. Dur­ing the search in­ves­ti­ga­tors found a text mes­sage on Brown’s phone sent to a woman of­fer­ing money for sex.

The search also un­cov­ered porno­graphic im­ages on the phone of a 5-year-old child who was known to Brown.

Dunn said the pic­tures were con­sis­tent with the types of im­ages found with other pros­e­cuted child molesters. “It was not a suit­able pic­ture of a 5-year-old. It is ob­vi­ous it was taken for sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Brown was booked into Rock­dale County Jail on Nov. 28 on charges of misdemeanor so­lic­i­ta­tion of sodomy and re­leased three days later.

Brown is a white male, ap­prox­i­mately 6-feet-tall and 245 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Craw­ford is a white male, ap­prox­i­mately 5-feet-5-inches tall and 135 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair on the sides and bald on top.

They are be­lieved to be trav­el­ing in a 1999 white Ford F-150 with Ge­or­gia tag BZW9023.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to sub­mit a tip to Crime Stop­pers At­lanta at (404) 577TIPS (8447) or at crimestop­per­sat­ Tips will be kept anony­mous.



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