Former Petal alderman charged with touching a child for lustful purposes

Former Petal alderman charged with touching a child for lustful purposes
Joe Carey McMurry Sr. (Source: Forrest County Jail)

PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) - A former Petal alderman has been charged with touching a child for lustful purposes.

Petal police officers arrested Joe Carey McMurry Sr. on Monday. The 81-year-old was booked into the Forrest County Jail just before noon.

McMurry’s bond was set at $50,000 during his initial court appearance on Tuesday. The judge also ordered him to wear an ankle monitor to track his movements.

Joe Carey McMurry Sr. makes his initial appearance in Petal Municipal Court.
Joe Carey McMurry Sr. makes his initial appearance in Petal Municipal Court. (Source: WDAM)

Petal Police Chief Matthew Hiatt said McMurry last served on the city’s board of aldermen in 2005.

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