By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal
TUPELO – A Lee County grand jury accuses Tupelo family counselor Malachy McCool of fondling a teenage client.
His indictment became public today in Lee County Circuit Clerk’s Office records.
McCool, 66, is accused of fondling a female client, under the age of 18, during a counseling session April 23 in his Madison Street office.
The one-count indictment is dated July 1.
McCool posted a $25,000 bond and was instructed to appear for arraignment July 19 when formal charges will be read against him.
After a May 4 hearing to determine whether he should be arrested, McCool insisted he was innocent of the charge.
His attorney, T.K. Moffett of Tupelo, suggested that the young woman whose mother reported her claims to the police suffered from a history of mental instability and misunderstood McCool’s behavior toward her during an office visit.
“I don’t believe for a minute that this man has touched anyone for improper purposes,” Moffett said in May.
State law requires what’s called a probable-cause hearing to determine if enough evidence exists to arrest such persons in positions of trust as law officers, physicians, teachers and counselors.
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