Sex Arrest in Madison County

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A three-month investigation into sexual abuse landed a Madison County man behind bars. The suspect faces numerous charges.

Investigators say this is not the first time sexual allegations have been made against Eugene "Eddie" Merrit, but he was never arrested or charged in the first incident.

Madison County investigators say the Department of Children and Families received a tip about a molestation incident.

A lengthy investigation led to the arrest of Eugene "Eddie" Merrit. Merrit was arrested in his home without incident. He faces four counts of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child.

He's being held in the Madison County Jail without bond. Investigators are encouraging residents to report crimes against children. They say folks can call the Sheriff's Office at 850-973-4001 or contact the Department Children and Families. Their calls will remain anonymous.