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BREAKING: Former Pine Belt officer facing multi-count indictment


A former Lamar County Sheriff's deputy and Hattiesburg police sergeant is now facing a multi-count indictment. 

Averal "Junior" Burnett, 47, has been indicted on four counts of fondling, two counts of sexual battery and attempted sexual battery by a Lamar County grand jury.

Burnett appeared before Circuit Court Judge Tony Mozingo, where the District Attorney's office requested an early arraignment hearing today, instead of the set day Sept. 8th. However Burnett's attorney was sick, and not present making the court and council wait until then.

According to the indictment Burnett allegedly committed multiple sexual acts on a family member under the age of 18 involving unlawfully and feloniously touching with his hands, mouth, and privates to multiple parts of the victims body.

Burnett served the majority of his 22 years in law enforcement with the Hattiesburg Police Department and officially retired from the Lamar County Sheriff's department on May 16, 2014

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