Two Shoreline Park residents have been charged with two counts each of alleged sexual battery of a child, Sheriff Steve Garber said yesterday.
“Robert L. Hobbs, 39, and Austin P. Breunig, 16, both of Shoreline Park, were arrested Monday,” Criminal Investigator Ricky Fayard said, “and each was charged with two counts of sexual battery of a child. Arrest warrants were served by Warrants Deputy Eric Moran.
“Because of the nature of the charges, Breunig, although he is only age 16, will be adjudicated as an adult,” Fayard said. “The sheriff’s office received a call from school officials at South Hancock Elementary on May 24, reporting a young child told a school counselor about some inappropriate activities taking place in the home. I was dispatched to the school and spoke to the counselor and immediately contacted the Department of Human Services, (DHS).
“DHS arrived and upon receiving the information, took custody of the child at school. Then we began a lengthy investigation into the reports from the child, who was very alert for such a young age and provided very good details of the incidents,” Fayard said.
Hancock County Justice Court Judge Tommy Carver set bonds at $150,000 each for Hobbs and Breunig, Fayard said.
The Department of Human Services, District Attorney’s Office, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and school officials participated in the case, Fayard said.
“There had to be polygraphs, questionings and a lot of ground work in order to secure the arrest warrants,” Fayard said.
Assisting Fayard in the investigation was Sheriff’s Criminal Investigator André Fizer.
BY: Ellis C. Cuevas
The Sea Coast Echo