Bay man now faces five counts sexual battery

A man who had already been bound over to a Hancock County Grand Jury by the Waveland Municipal Court on molestation charges now faces five counts of sexual battery, Police Chief Jimmy Varnell said Monday.

“In an ongoing investigation between the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Waveland Police Department, Danny Dwayne Ware, 53, of Bay St. Louis, now faces additional charges of five counts of sexual battery,” Varnell said.

“Ware was in the Pearl River County Jail, after being bound over to a grand jury on Feb. 18 for alleged molestation charges following a January 5, 2010 arrest by Waveland police,” Varnell said.

“Ware admitted to investigators the allegations made by (a nine-year-old victim) of continued sexual abuse when facing the additional charges,” Varnell said

“The victim (in the first case) was seven years of age and had stayed the night with Mr. Ware’s daughter. During the night, the victim woke up with Mr. Ware next to her bed touching her (inappropriately),” Varnell said. “Ware was bound over to the Hancock County Grand Jury by a Waveland Municipal judge … after waiving a preliminary hearing. He had been in Pearl River County Jail under a $50,000 bond. Investigator Laura Stepro is in charge of the case, along with Investigator Eric Loveless.

“Ware was returned to Pearl River County Jail with an additional $125,000 bond.”

A preliminary hearing for the current charges is set for June 3, in Waveland Municipal Court.

BY: Ellis C. Cuevas

The Sea Coast Echo

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