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Wilmington Island man charged with child molestation
Saying that evidence includes "more than 9,000 child pornography images," the Chatham County Police Department has charged a Wilmington Island man with child molestation and aggravated sexual battery against one juvenile victim.

Chatham County Police Department detectives say 38-year-old Ross Dersch turned himself in to authorities earlier today.

"The investigation began in December 2019 after a juvenile reported being molested by Dersch, who was previously known to the victim. During the course of the investigation, a search warrant was executed on Dersch’s residence which uncovered more than 9,000 child pornography images. Dersch was arrested in March 2020 on a sexual exploitation of children charge for being in possession of the images," police say.

Those images were seized by police, and the subsequent investigation revealed further evidence used to obtain arrest warrants against Dersch for child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.