13 Year Old to Be Tried As Adult

A thirteen-year-old Chattooga County resident will be tried as an adult on charges of assault and child molestation.

The Summerville News reported yesterday that Matthew Shane Atkinson will be facing the charges in Chattooga County Superior Court.  Sheriff Mark Schrader says that Atkinson is the youngest person to be tried as an adult in Chattooga County.

Atkinson is accused of physically and sexually attacking an eight-year-old in December of last year.

Atkinson has been indicted for aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, first-degree cruelty to children and four counts of child molestation.