Local News

Three face child molestation charges in Nash County

Posted July 21, 2009

— A Nash County couple and their friend face nearly two dozen child molestation charges, and authorities say more charges could be filed.

Lt. Pat Joyner with the Nash County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that the charges stem from alleged crimes with two 15-year-old girls and a 13-year-old girl, but he did not provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Michael Louis Frazier, 32, of Spring Hope, was arrested July 4 and charged with two counts of statutory rape where the defendant is greater than 6 years older than the victim and two counts of first-degree rape.

Frazier's live-in girlfriend, Tabetha Batchelar Bridges, 39, was arrested July 10 and charged with one count of felony child abuse by sexual act.

Further investigation led deputies to arrest John Hobgood, 40, on July 18. He faces four counts of indecent liberties with a child, six counts of first-degree statutory sex offense, two counts of first-degree statutory rape, two counts of statutory rape where the defendant is greater than 6 years older than the victim and four counts of statutory sex offense with a child 13 to 15 years old.

Hobgood was in the Nash County jail Tuesday morning under $950,000 bond, and Frazier was in jail under a $200,000 bond. Bridges was out of jail on a $30,000 bond.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • foolntherain872 Jul 21, 2009

    Wow I used to work with this woman and I'm beside myself cause I never would imagine anything like this from her. I guess things can change people beyond recognition. Pray for the children involved cause there gonna need it to get through.

  • dugmeister Jul 21, 2009

    wow - the 'story' here is the disparity between bonds. one can only guess, and I don't feel like guessing right now.

  • voiceofreason32 Jul 21, 2009

    The bad thing is, even convicted they won't get much time. They should get life

  • Caveman93 Jul 21, 2009

    Wow freaks!

  • jas1022 Jul 21, 2009

    Could we just rid the planet of their existence? PLEASE!?!?!?

  • Flyswatter Jul 21, 2009

    sick sick people.