MULBERRY (KFSM) — Police arrested a man on twelve counts of sexual assault, all felony charges.
Michael Ray Roe, 60, has been transferred to the Franklin County Jail on Friday (April 15) after his arrest Thursday evening.
Roe’s bond was set at $200,000, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Mulberry Police stated that two juvenile victims had told law enforcement that Roe engaged in sexual acts with them . One victim told officers that Roe had threatened to kill him if he ever told anyone.
The victims told police the incidents happened at Roe’s business, Dickerson Wholesale Supply, which is located across the street from Marvin Elementary.
Some parents, and even grandparents, like Marie Crandell, who has six grandchildren that attend Marvin, said they feel uneasy that Roe works so close to a school.
“Well, it should’ve been taken care of a long time ago when he was accused the first time because I don’t want my grandchildren around nothing like that,” Crandell said.
Roe was arrested in 2001 on child pornography charges. He registered as a level three sex offender, which meant he could not live within 2,000 feet of a child.
Police said Roe is not breaking any laws by operating his business near a school though. As long as Roe does not have any interaction with a child, there is nothing illegal about him continuing to run his business.
Mulberry Pleasantview School District Superintendent, Lonnie Myers said administration at all school in the district have been notified and told to call police if they see Roe on campus.
“When children are involved and children are violated, yes, it’s fearful,” Myers said. “It’s a horrible thing. Who wants to hear about that with their children or any child? It’s just, what can you say? It’s the most horrible thing in the world.”
Roe was arrested on suspicion of the following charges:
- two counts of third-degree sexual assault
- 10 counts of fourth-degree sexual assault
- one count of terroristic threatening
Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory stated that other law enforcement agencies are continuing an investigation.
Jail staff said that Roe’s bond was set for originally set at $25,000 in the Crawford County Detention Center.
His court date is set for May 5th.