Miss. trooper faces fondling charges in Oktibbeha, Warren counties

A Mississippi Highway Patrol officer faces fondling charges in Warren and Oktibbeha counties.

Master Sergeant Richard Dane Davenport of Vicksburg, was released on $15,000 bond after an initial appearance Tuesday in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say an indictment showed the charge stemmed from an incident on September 23rd, 2007, in Oktibbeha County, involving a young boy under the age of 16. No trial date has been set.

The indictment says the incident reportedly took place while Davenport was in Starkville attending Mississippi State's football game against Gardner-Webb University. Other details were not available.

Davenport was returned to the Warren County jail, where he was being held on $50,000 bond after being indicted on nine counts.

Davenport has been placed on administrative leave without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

In Warren County, Davenport has been charged with five counts of sexual battery involving a minor under the age of 14 years and four counts involving the fondling of a minor under the age of 16.

Authorities says the incidents were alleged to have taken place between October 1999 and August 2007.

No trial date has been set.

The attorney general's office is prosecuting both cases.