As the snow thawed two weeks ago, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests related to sex crimes in the county.
On Jan. 12, David Anthony Tolbert, 32, of Monroe, turned himself in after warrants were issued for his arrest on charges of sexual battery, child molestation and two counts of cruelty to children. According to Walton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Daphne Tarver, the investigation was initiated after a 911 call was made on Dec. 27, the date the alleged incident took place. Deputies responded and met with the victim and family and brought them in for interviews, learning the suspect was known to the 11-year-old female victim.
According to Tarver, Tolbert planned on coming in to be interviewed, making it as far as the parking lot of the sheriff’s office, but never made it inside the building.
Warrants were issued for his arrest on Jan. 6, with WCSO officials informing Tolbert through his attorney. He turned himself in without incident and remains in the Walton County jail.
A day later, Larry Michael Turner, 32, of Good Hope, was charged with incest, false imprisonment, battery, sexual battery and rape following an incident reported earlier in the day. The investigation was again initiated by a call to 911 reporting the incident. When Turner was brought in for questioning, and after investigators collected evidence and interviewed the 18-year-old female victim who did know Turner, he was arrested.
Neither of the suspects had previous sexually related criminal charges.