A ten-month investigation by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Dept. has led to the arrest of 42-year-old Andrew Lee Holcomb.
Mr. Holcomb was arrested Sunday in Kentucky on the sheriff’s department outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was officially transferred to the Chattooga county jail on Friday.
The investigation began in December 2017 following claims of acts of incest involving Holcomb and occurring between 2015 and 2017. Throughout the investigation, interviews were conducted, electronic were confiscated, and DNA was analyzed, according to county detective Brian Ozment.
The sheriff’s department believes that all of the alleged victims have been identified, but did not specify how many there are. Detective Ozment announced that there will be no more updates from the sheriff’s department on the case in order to protect the identities of victims.
If convicted, Holcomb could be sentenced from anywhere between 25 and 50 years in prison, depending on the severity of the acts, ages of the victims, and other relevant details in the case. Holcomb has not been charged with child molestation or any such related acts.
Georgia law defines incest as any sexual act occurring by any of the following relations, regardless of whether the relationship is based on blood or marriage: father and child or stepchild; mother and child or stepchild; siblings of whole or half blood; grandparent and grandchild of whole or half blood; aunt and niece or nephew of whole or half blood; uncle and niece or nephew of whole or half blood.
The Summerville News contributed to this report.