On Thursday October 6, 2022, School Resource Deputies received a report that a student was a victim of sexual abuse. Detectives were contacted and responded to assist with the investigation. The Department of Children and Families was also called and assisted with the investigation and with ensuring the child victim was safe from any further harm.
The investigation continued and yesterday, the suspect in this case, Edward Tillman Cook II, was arrested after an interview with Detectives. Cook has been charged with Sexual Battery on a victim 12 years of age or older. Cook was also charged with Violation of Probation, as he is currently on Probation and his new charges triggered a probation violation.
Cook has previously been investigated for crimes against minors and was convicted of Interference with Child Custody for incidents in March of 2020. That case included allegations that Cook had solicited at least two minors for photos.
“The Sheriff’s Office is committed to making sure that every victim is heard, respected, and afforded the opportunity to seek justice in their case,” said Sheriff Mark Hunter. “Our school resource deputies and detectives worked in conjunction with our partners at the Department of Children and Families to immediately protect this child and seek justice on their behalf.”
This investigation is still active and additional charges are possible. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in this case. If you or someone you know is a potential victim of Cook, you are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office and request a deputy to respond and take your statement. Our non-emergency line is (386)719-2005.