A Columbus man accused of relieving himself in sight of a 7-year-old girl waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges of child molestation and public indecency.
Columbus Recorder’s Court Judge Michael Cielinski ordered 55-year-old Charles Kenneth Hart held on bonds totalling $26,000, and bound his case over to Muscogee County Superior Court.
Hart pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The girl’s father said that his daughters were playing in the cul-de-sac of Watkins Drive and moved out of the way allowing the suspect, identified in reports as Hart, to drive past them around 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Reports state that he parked at the end of the road in the driveway of a landscaping company, unzipped his pants and urinated in plain view.
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The 7-year-old got her father, who saw the suspect zip up his pants and get inside his vehicle. The father said he tried to confront the suspect, who drove off.
Hart was arrested after a traffic stop on Wellborn Drive near Forest Road.