Sumrall man charged with sexual battery of child

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

Millard Bedwell, 74, of Sumrall was picked up by sheriff's deputies late last week after a local woman told authorities that her daughter had told her about the alleged encounters.

Bedwell was charged with one count of child molestation and one count of sexual battery.

Court officials said Bedwell was released from jail after posting bond totaling $60,000 on both counts.