Police: Molester arrested
Period of crime spans more than two years

HOSCHTON - A Hoschton man is behind bars after law enforcement in two counties say they have proof he molested children over a period of at least two years.

Associates with the Tree House, a child advocacy center in Winder, alerted Hoschton police in July to the alleged abuse committed by Edward Hunt, 34.

The resulting investigation involved multiple jurisdictions and resulted in Hunt's arrest on Monday. He remains at the Jackson County Jail without bond.

Hoschton police Chief Jeremy Howell said Hunt is charged in his jurisdiction with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, first-degree child cruelty and two counts of child molestation.

That case involves one victim under age 10, Howell said.

Hoschton police haven't confirmed where Hunt most recently worked, but they have no reason to believe his job put him in contact with children.

Hunt is expected to face an additional 10 counts of child molestation, two counts of rape and four counts of aggravated child molestation in Barrow County, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Investigator Matt Guthas.

Guthas said the charges stem from incidents between 2005 and 2007 involving a female juvenile. He would not specify how Hunt knew or had met his alleged victim.

Hunt's arrest in Barrow County is pending his release from Jackson County, Guthas said.