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Cedartown couple arrested twice in two days, husband charged with sex crimes

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A Cedartown man and his wife were arrested twice last week on felony drug charges. The husband is also facing additional child sexual abuse charges.

Elree Cox Jr., 68, and Julia Ann Cox, 66, both of Cedartown were arrested last Wednesday on felony charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

After bonding out on the charges against them the following day, the couple was arrested hours later by Polk County Sheriff's deputies and charged with felony possession of cocaine.

In addition, Elree Cox Jr., was also charged with child molestation, sexual battery and first degree cruelty to children. The charges reportedly occurred in January of this year.

According to Georgia law, A person commits the offense of child molestation when he or she does any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person.

A person commits the offense of sexual battery when he or she intentionally makes physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person.

There are three degrees of cruelty to children, first degree, second degree and third degree. First degree cruelty to children occurs when the parent, guardian, or other person supervising the welfare of or having immediate charge or custody of a child under the age of 18 willfully deprives the child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child's health or well-being is jeopardized and/or maliciously causes a child under the age of 18 cruel or excessive physical or mental pain.

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