Lamar man, 74, accused of sexually abusing 8-year-old girl

An elderly Lamar County man has been arrested and charged with sexual battery in connection with an assault on an 8-year-old girl.

74-year-old Millard Bedwell of the Sumrall area was picked up by sheriff deputies late last week after a mother said her daughter told her about the alleged encounters.  Bedwell was charged with one count of child molestation and one count of sexual battery. Court officials say Bedwell has been released from jail after posting bond totaling 60,000 dollars on both counts.