(DeSoto County, MS) An 87-year-old DeSoto County man charged with fondling and having sex with children is no longer behind bars.
Charles Petty is out after coming up with a $25,000 bond.
A DeSoto County grand jury indicted Petty on three counts of fondling and three counts of sexual battery.
The indictment alleges Petty abused three children, two girls and one boy, over the last five years. Recently, a school reported they suspected the abuse sparking the investigation.
Deputies say they were his family members.
If convicted, Petty could face life in prison.