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January 24, 2022

Petal man arrested on charges of sexual battery of a child

Therese Apel

David Batson

A Petal man is behind bars after being charged with sexually abusing a young child.

Forrest County Sheriff Charlie Sims said today that David A. Batson, 50, was arrested last Friday and was charged with sexual battery of a child under 14. Batson bonded out of the Forrest County jail on a $35,000 bond.

If you have any information on criminal activity, please contact the Forrest County sheriff’s office at 601-544-7800, and ask to speak to an investigator.

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