Sylvester couple arrested on dozens of child molestation charges

Sylvester couple arrested on dozens of child molestation charges

SYLVESTER, Ga. (WALB) - A couple was arrested Monday and both people are facing a cumulative 31 charges in a child molestation case, according to Worth County Sheriff Don Whitaker.

Whitaker told WALB News 10 that Winfred McCollum, 43, and Sonya McCollum, 45, were both arrested at their home in the 1000 block of North Isabella Street Monday evening, after a week-long investigation by Worth County Sheriff’s Office investigators and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.

Winfred is facing a total of 16 charges which include aggravated sexual battery, sodomy, rape, child molestation, sexual battery against a child under the age of 16, and more. All these are felonies, according to the sheriff.

The sheriff’s office reported that Sonya is facing 15 charges which include aggravated sexual battery, sodomy, aggravated child molestation, and child molestation. All of her charges are also felonies.

“Well, on Jan. 30 of this year, the sheriff’s office received information regarding a case involving the sexual assault of a minor child under the age of 16. The McCollums were taken into custody by the Worth County Sheriff’s Office for that incident in the afternoon hours of Feb. 10. This is still an ongoing investigation. We want to protect our children. There is too much of this going on, not only in this county but also in other counties," said Whitaker.

Winfred McCollum is in jail in Sylvester, while Sonya McCollum is in jail in Ashburn.

Both were denied bond by Magistrate Tony Strenth.

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