Three local men were arrested within the last week by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office after a string of unrelated rape and child molestation allegations were reported to authorities.
According to Deputy Jenny Belafi, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, each of the men were arrested at their homes after female juveniles came forward to adults with reports that they had been assaulted.
Brian Gene Harris, 41, of Cumming was arrested on July 21 after a domestic dispute led a juvenile to confide in authorities that an adult related to Harris was allegedly being sexually and physically abused by him, Belafi said. Through their investigation, she said they determined that the juvenile was also allegedly a victim of sexual abuse by Harris.
Nicholas Jordan Baglio, 24, of Cumming was arrested on July 25 after a juvenile family member told adults she had allegedly been restrained and sexually assaulted by him, Belafi said.
Matthew Jonah Hobgood, 22, of Cumming was arrested on July 26 after an unrelated minor told adults that she had allegedly been assaulted by Hobgood. Belafi said that they believe Hobgood threatened to release images of the minor “if she did not continue providing him with pornographic images.”
Belafi made it clear that all three cases are unrelated.
According to Belafi, Harris has been charged with two counts of aggravated sodomy, child molestation, strong-arm rape, incest, cruelty to children and aggravated assault. Hobgood has been charged with statutory rape, sodomy, child molestation, obscene internet contact with a child and sexual exploitation of children. Baglio has been charged with child molestation, strong-arm rape and aggravated sexual battery.All three men are being held at the Forsyth County Jail and are currently under no bond as of press time.