Man charged with sex crimes against minors

On Sept. 2, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office file charges against Ronnie Keith Rea for sex related crimes committed against minors.

Investigators with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Children Services and the Carl Perkins Child Advocacy Center have worked diligently on the case since it was reported to authorities Aug. 2, 2021.

Rea has been charged with five counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, three counts of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure and one count of indecent exposure.

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, sex related crimes against children have been on the rise. The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and other local authorities have taken extra measure to ensure these cases are properly and thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators are successfully prosecuted for their offenses.

If you suspect child abuse, please report it to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office or the Department of Children Services.

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