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Homeless man arrested as suspect in child molestation; woman jailed for hindering

A 19-year-old homeless man who occasionally stayed with a Fayette County family was arrested in Richmond County on July 19 on charges of child molestation.

Zenon Rivera was charged with child molestation, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Brandi Black, 31, of Peachtree City, was subsequently charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive after investigators learned of her involvement in transporting Zenon Rivera to the Augusta area, Babb said.

Babb said a resident on Ga. Highway 54 West on July 17 reported a child molestation incident involving her 12-year-old daughter.

“An ongoing investigation revealed the offender to be Zenon Rivera, a family friend, who is reportedly homeless and stays with the family from time to time,” Babb said.

Rivera was taken into custody in Richmond County on July 19 with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Rivera is currently in the Richmond County Jail awaiting transport to Fayette County for processing on the child molestation charge, Babb said.

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