Hattiesburg Police arrest man for alleged sexual assault

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Police have arrested a man for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old.

Police responded Saturday to a report of a sexual assault at a residence in the 1200 Block of Alcorn Avenue in Hattiesburg.

Police learned Thomas Edwards, 56, had allegedly approached and fondled the child at home.

Edwards is at the Forrest County Regional Jail charged with one count of sexual battery.

Police said the victim and suspect knew each other, but officials are not releasing the details of their association.