A juvenile detention officer with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office has been charged with child molestation.
48-year-old Jeffrey Benjamin Harwell was arrested by Hernando police on Thursday, July 12 and booked at the DeSoto County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Harwell is charged with one count of Molestation Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes for an incident involving a female juvenile. Investigators will not release the victim's age or the circumstances surrounding the arrest, other than to say Harwell's position at the juvenile detention center was not a factor. He has been suspended without pay.
Lt. Mike White with Hernando police stated that there could be additional charges as the investigation continues.
Harwell is scheduled to appear in Hernando City Court on July 18.