A 68-year-old man has been charged with molesting one of his relatives for the last three years.
Billy Joe Garrison has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and two counts of child molestation after he admitted to police he molested an 11-year-old girl 20 to 40 times in Catoosa County, a police report showed.
Garrison, of Crossville, Tenn., spoke with police after the girl admitted to her parents she had been molested, the report states and the parents went to police.
Garrison also admitted he molested the child several times at his home in Crossville. He was arrested Wednesday and remains in Catoosa County Jail.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...