Two charged in sex, drug case

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 18, 2002

Two adults were arrested through execution of a search warrant by the Georgiana Police Department, which resulted in sex charges involving juveniles.

In a statement issued by Georgiana Police Chief James Blackmon, an investigation was conducted following a complaint filed with his department.

&uot;On Aug. 6, 2002, we responded to a complaint of criminal activity taking place involving several juveniles,&uot; Blackmon said. &uot;We initiated an aggressive investigation immediately, and as a result we obtained several search warrants from the Butler County District Court.&uot;

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Blackmon said that evidence was collected from the searches, and that following this two subjects, the owners and operators of Victor’s Seafood in Georgiana, were arrested.

&uot;We arrested Victor Gregory Suggs, a 37-year-old white male, charging him with rape, second degree, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and public lewdness,&uot; Blackmon said. &uot;We also arrested Melissa Hope Suggs, a 24-year-old white female, charging her with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, enticing a child for immoral purposes, and public lewdness.&uot;

Records indicate that approximately four grams of powdered cocaine were seized during the execution of the search warrants.

Blackmon said the case remains under investigation, and further charges are anticipated in the case.

&uot;Agencies involved in this case consisted of the Georgiana Police Department, the Butler County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Human Resources and the Butler County Safe Harbor,&uot; Blackmon said.

&uot;On the listed charges, Melissa Suggs was released from jail on a $32,000 bond on Saturday, Aug. 10, and Victor Suggs was released on a $63,000 bond on Wednesday, Aug. 14,&uot; he said.

&uot;We have a zero tolerance for sex crimes involving adults preying on children,&uot; said John Andrews, district attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit. &uot;It seems that there is a lot of this type of crime occurring, and we will be seeking the maximum sentencing allowed by law in these cases n we will try these cases aggressively.&uot;

Chief Blackmon said The Safe Harbor of Children’s Advocacy Center has played an important role in this case.

&uot;Without the Child Advocacy Center, we would not be so successful in working these types of cases,&uot; Blackmon said. &uot;The juveniles involved are being counseled by skilled professionals n the Center is definitely an asset to the community.&uot;