[UPDATE] 43-year-old Man Arrested For Child Molestation

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By: LCSO Release

[UPDATE] Valdosta, Georgia - September 21, 2011- 6:10pm -

In his bright red jumpsuit, 43-year-old Bobby Tippins shook his head in disbelief as Judge Elizabeth Cleveland denied bond.

The Valdosta State Prison Guard was arrested Tuesday.

Lowndes County Sheriff's office say a tip lead to an investigation that ended with Tippins in jail.

He's accused of molesting two children.

"It hurts me to think that could be my child. You know, I think it would infuriate any parent to think of their child being abused," said Valdosta resident Courtney Sheeley.

Tippins faces charges of child molestation, aggravated child molestation and aggravated battery.

People who knew him lined up outside the courtroom.

They say they couldn't believe what they were hearing.

"It really hurt me because I never out of all my life that I known him, I never thought that this would come up," said LeCedric Oliver.

Oliver says its been like a dagger in the back and hopes the victims can get the help they need.

"I would have never never assumed this and it just hurts me to my heart," said Oliver.

No word yet on if Tippins could receive bond. But neighbors say if he does, they want to know.

[UPDATE] Valdosta, Georgia - September 21, 2011 - 2:30pm -

Lowdes County Sheriff Chris Prine says that at the time of Bobby Tippins' arrest, Tippins was employed as a Valdosta State prison guard. It is unknown if Tippins is still employed as a guard.

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Valdosta, Georgia - September 21, 2011 -

Following an investigation by the investigative division of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Bobby Lee Tippins was arrested and charged with the molestation of two children who were under the age of 12 at the time. Tippins was arrested at his home on Matthew Drive, Valdosta by deputies and was transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

Bobby Tippins has been charged with one count of child molestation, one count of aggravated child molestation and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Each of these offenses is a felony. Tippins will appear before a Lowndes County Magistrate Judge on Wednesday, September 21 where a bond will be considered.

Tippins is forty three years old.

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