Old Town man arrested for 2 counts of sexual battery of a minor

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OLD TOWN, Fla. (WCJB) - The Dixie County Sheriff's Office say 50-year-old Carl Thompson has been arrested for sexually abusing two children under the age of 12 and for operating an illegal marijuana growing operation.

Major Scott Hardin with the Dixie County Sheriff's Office says that the two children came forward with the allegations of sexual abuse on June 11. During the interview, they also found that the children had details on an illegal drug operation happening in the home, with the children being used to help harvest marijuana.

A warrant was issued and deputies say that they found the growing operation in an out-building of the main home, along with the locations where the children said they had been abused.

Carl G. Thompson is charged with 2 counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, 2 counts using/allowing a child to engage in sex, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacturing a controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Thompson's bond is set at 1,640,000.