BREAKING: Former Pine Belt officer facing multi-count indictment

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Aformer Lamar County Sheriff's deputy and Hattiesburg police sergeant isnow 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 Countygrand jury.

Burnettappeared before Circuit Court Judge Tony Mozingo, where the District Attorney'soffice 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 andcouncil wait until then.

Accordingto the indictment Burnett allegedly committed multiple sexual acts on a familymember under the age of 18 involving unlawfully and feloniously touching withhis hands, mouth, and privates to multiple parts of the victims body.

Burnettserved the majority of his 22 years in law enforcement with the HattiesburgPolice Department and officially retired from the Lamar County Sheriff's departmenton May 16, 2014