District attorney explains child molestation charges for three suspects

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UNION, Miss. (WTOK) - A mother, father and grandmother have been charged with child molestation in Neshoba County.

Source: Neshoba County Sheriff's Dept.

Mother, Teresa Hooley is charged with lustful touching and condoning child abuse. Father, Jon Hooley and grandmother, Eunice Walker are charged with lustful touching and sexual battery.

"It's a very disturbing case," says Sheriff Tommy Waddell.

Disturbing is just the start. A mother, father and grandmother were charged for allegedly molesting a girl in their family.

"The girl has been removed from the home. Of course, she is in the care of Child Protective Services," says Waddell.

District Attorney Steven Kilgore says child molestation is called gratification of lust in Mississippi.

"It's fondling," says Kilgore. "It's the rubbing of someone underage in an inappropriate way. It carries up to 15 years."

Sexual battery involves penetration.

"If the child is 14 or 15, the maximum sentence is up to 30 years. Under 14 carries a possible life sentence," says Kilgore.

The sheriff's department won't tell us how old the girl is, but we do know she is under the age of 16.

"I'm not sure where the investigation is. Once it's complete, they will turn in the case file to our office. We will review it and present it to the next available grand jury," says Kilgore.

Sadly, this type of case isn't unusual. Sheriff Tommy Waddell says his office has seen several cases of incest.

"It's sad when our kids are living in conditions that they're living in," says Waddell.

Bonds for the trio were set at $30,000 dollars each.