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Georgia man accused of sexually assaulting child in Tallahassee

Georgia man accused of sexually assaulting child in Tallahassee
Posted at 9:59 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 06:33:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Georgia man is behind bars in Tallahassee, accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12.

Tony Cobb was arrested over the weekend.

According to arrest documents, the Tallahassee Police Department opened up an investigation following a report from a local guidance counselor that a child disclosed they had been sexually abused while in the 2nd grade. 

Through the investigation, they were able to gather from the victim that Cobb had sexually assaulted them multiple times throughout the time he lived with the victim.

The victim told investigators during an interview in April 2017 that the assault started when they were "7 or 8."

According to documents, the Department of Children and Families received a report in 2016 indicating that the victim may have been sexually abused. However, documents say that when the victim was interviewed back then, they did not disclose any crime.

In the April interview, the victim stated that they didn't disclose anything in the last interview because they were "scared." 

Further investigation revealed DCF had documented reports of family violence involving the victim's family and Cobb in 2013 (verified findings), 2014 (non-substantiated findings), and 2015 (verified findings). 

Based on investigators' findings, a warrant for Cobb's arrest was issued.

Cobb was taken into custody on Saturday and is charged with two counts of sexual assault and lewd and lascivious exhibition. 

He is currently in the Leon County Jail under a $150,000 bond.