Judge sets bond for ex-lawman charged with rape in Forrest County

William Harold Brown Jr. is charged with rape-sexual battery.
William Harold Brown Jr. is charged with rape-sexual battery.(Source: Forrest County Jail (custom credit))
Updated: Mar. 27, 2019 at 11:17 AM CDT
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FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The bond has been set for a former Forrest County lawman accused of rape.

The City of Petal recommended that Forrest County Justice Court Judge Zachary Vaughn not issue a bond due to the circumstances surrounding William Harold Brown Jr.'s arrest and previous accusations . However, Judge Vaughn set his bond at $750, 000 during his initial court appearance on Wednesday at Petal Municipal Court.

Brown was arrested Monday by a police department he used to serve. The 47-year-old was booked into the Forrest County Jail at 11:21 a.m. after being arrested by Petal Police on a charge of rape-sexual battery.

Investigator John Tryner, with the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, said Brown had been employed by the Petal Police Department and FCSO in the past.

WDAM reported in 2017 that Brown was fired from the sheriff’s department after being accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a minor.

Purvis police charged Brown with one felony count of computer luring of a person under 18 for sexual purposes in April 2017. District Attorney Hal Kittrell said Tuesday his office did not find sufficient evidence to send that case to a grand jury.

Vaughn ordered Brown not to make any contact with the 6-year-old victim who was identified by officials as a family member. Additionally, if he makes bond, he is to wear a GPS monitoring device.

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