Pontotoc man charged with mollestation



By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Pontotoc man was arraigned on three separate counts of molestation in the Lee County Justice Court Friday.

Richard Earl Cooper, 57, of Pontotoc, had his bond set at $400,000.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said they heard of the incident in early August when it was reported Cooper brought three Pontotoc children with him while he was doing yard work at a Lee County Residence.

The incidents happened at the residence where Cooper was doing yard work.

The three children belonged to a friend of Cooper.

Cooper was previously charged with touching a child for lustful purposes in Calhoun County in 1996. He is a registered sex offender.

Pontotoc law enforcement officials are currently looking into the possibility of additional charges against Cooper, according to Johnson.

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