A man who was undergoing a mental evaluation after reportedly admitting to the ongoing molestation of his stepdaughter has been arrested.
Scott Jeffery Turner, 41, was arrested Saturday morning and remains in the Newton County Detention Center without bond currently. He is charged with child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
Detectives with the Covington Police Department were initially contacted by Jasper County Sheriff's Office officials regarding the case since several of the instances of abuse allegedly took place in Covington.
According to Lt. Paul Dailey, the victim, who is now 11, had told her biological father's girlfriend about the abuse and then told her mother. The mother contacted the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and, with the aid of her pastor, confronted her husband, a man who had been in the victim's life since she was 3-months-old.
Turner reportedly admitted to the abuse, saying that he touched the girl and that he forced her to touch him inappropriately. He then ran out of the home, telling his wife and pastor that he was "going to take a long swim in the lake."
Jasper County authorities were called but were unable to locate Turner. Later, they were called back to the home when Turner was found out back in a shed, bleeding from a self-inflicted wound to his foot. From there he was brought to Newton Medical Center for treatment and a mental evaluation.