Police Seek Suspect in Sexual Assault of a Child

LeSamuel Palmer
LeSamuel Palmer

Police are searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a child earlier this week. Statesboro police got the call late Tuesday night and they're now searching for the suspect. They're looking for a man they say attacked a young child just hours after he was in court for hiding a past conviction for statutory rape.

LeSamuel Palmer left Florida facing a warrant. He'd already served time for a sexual offense there against a minor. When Bulloch County deputies arrested him by chance, they turned him over to Florida. "We said we have this warrant and if you come back here, we'll arrest you on it," said Gene McDaniel with the sheriff's department.

That's because, as a convicted sex offender, he was supposed to register with the sheriff's department wherever he lives. The sheriff's department thought Palmer would serve time in Florida, but he was quickly released and back in Bulloch County.

Arrested again for failure to register, he went before a judge this week. When Palmer went to court Tuesday on two counts of failure to register as a sex offender, he received three years probation, a fine and 40 hours community service. But the day wasn't over yet. Around midnight, police had a call from someone who claimed Palmer was staying in their home and had just sexually assaulted their child.

For now nothing can happen until they arrest Palmer one more time. According to the district attorney's office, Palmer's probation sentence was pretty standard, because he was in court for failure to register not the statutory rape conviction from Florida.

If you see LeSamuel Palmer, contact the Statesboro police or your local authorities. He's described as 5 feet 8 eight inches tall, 200 pounds, and has tattoos on his chest and right arm.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com