Former commission candidate facing rape, child molestation charges

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, 78, has been charged with rape and several counts of child molestation.

Harold "Dusty" Rhodes

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A 78-year-old Augusta man is facing multiple charges of child molestation as well as a rape charge.

Harold "Dusty" Rhodes is in jail, accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

According to the incident report, the victim's father contacted deputies after she told him about the alleged sexual assault.

In a five-page statement, the girl says that Rhodes has been molesting her since she was 6 years old, stating that he would make "sexual comments" to her while she was performing oral sex. By the age of 8 or 9, she says Rhodes began having sex with her and physically abusing her. She says he's also pointed a loaded pistol at her.

Rhodes ran for Augusta's District 8 seat back in 2003. He was also the owner of a south Augusta flea market.

He's now in the Richmond County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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