Two brothers have been charged with sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl in Union City, Ga., according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Danny Lee Arnold, 19, and his brother Thomas Marcus Arnold, 21, were arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the U.S. Marshal’s Service on June 28. Both brothers were charged with child molestation, sexual battery and cruelty to children. Thomas also faces a charge of aggravated sodomy.
In addition, the aunt of the two brothers, Lisa Arnold, 28, was arrested for incest after authorities discovered evidence that revealed she had had sex with her nephews. All three are related to the victim.
Authorities said the investigation began when the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) discovered the 10-year-old girl was pregnant. The victim has since had an abortion. “A decision such as that one would be between the victim’s family and medical professionals,” Danette Smith, DFCS spokeswoman told the Atlanta-Journal.
A DNA test is being conducted to determine which brother impregnated the girl.
John Bankhead, GBI spokesman, said authorities received a tip that the two brothers were at church in Union City the day of their arrest. Authorities apprehended the brothers outside the church and arrested Lisa Arnold at her Union City home. Following their arrests, the three were taken to Fulton County Jail in Georgia.
A GBI press release claims the alleged molestation had been going on for several years and the victim now resides with relatives. “I don’t know if she’ll ever be OK. Hopefully, the people caring for her now are giving her the love and support she needs,” Bankhead told the Atlanta-Journal. “The effects of this will be tremendously traumatic and lifelong.”
While data from the GBI shows that the number of rapes in Georgia slightly decreased in 2009, a stringent law still remains in the state for registered sex offenders after they are released from prison. According to the Wall Street Journal, Georgia State Rep. Jerry Keen introduced a revision to an existing sex offender’s law in 2006. Offenders were previously prohibited from living or working near schools, day care centers and parks, but under the new revision, restrictions had been expanded to include churches, swimming pools and bus stops.
The new revision forced hundreds of people in the state to relocate.