By: Kara Duffy
June 3, 2013
Thomas County, GA - Investigators with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office say it was a conversation overheard inside a Thomasville Church that led to the arrest of 59-year-old Jimmy Martin.
"They were at a church over the weekend. The person overheard the kids talking about inappropriate touching by Mr. Martin," said Lt. Tim Watkins, Chief Investigator with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say the man who overheard the young girls talking first went to one of their family members, who then relayed the message to authorities.
That's when sheriff deputies stepped in and began investigating the allegations against Martin.
"We went to the residence and at that time we were able to get those children, take them to the Treehouse where we did a forensic examination and also forensic interviews of the children; where they disclosed that Mr. Martin had been inappropriately touching them," Lt. Watkins said.
Investigators say Martin is not related to the three girls, who are ages three, six and eight. They say they're also looking into the possibility of more victims.
Investigators say this case is a great reminder of just how important it is for people to report anything and everything they may hear that seems suspicious.
"Always report it," Lt. Watkins said. "Let law enforcement officials and DFACS make the decision whether it merits and investigation or not."
Martin is charged with aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation.
He was denied bond and remains behind bars at the Thomas County Jail.