A 90-year-old Okabena man accused of allegedly assaulting an 11-year-old girl sexually was released on his own recognizance Tuesday with the condition he have no contact with his victim or anyone under the age of 18.
Arnold Fred Hussong was charged Tuesday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and terroristic threats. When asked by authorities if he “went too far,” he replied, “Absolutely, absolutely.”
According to the criminal complaint, authorities in Jackson County were contacted Sunday about a possible sexual assault that had been reported in Okabena.
The girl’s mother said a neighbor had brought her “very upset” daughter home a short time before. The girl told her mother Hussong had pulled her by the hair, tied her up on his bed and touched her inappropriately. She said Hussong also threatened to kill her with a gun if she told anyone.
During an interview with authorities, the girl said she was gardening with Hussong, then they went into his house to watch TV. She said he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her onto a bed.
Hussong allegedly took her clothes off and used a thin cloth blanket to tie her up. The girl said she was screaming for help when he tied her hands. She told authorities she tried to fight back, and kicked him away several times.
The girl reported there was a long gun he loaded bullets into and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. Hussong allegedly touched her inappropriately, but she said he did not penetrate her. She said he took off his clothes while he was touching her, and eventually fell asleep on her.
She said he let her go, and she ran to a neighbor’s house.
Authorities obtained a search warrant Monday and went to Hussong’s home, where they found him sitting on a riding lawn mower in his yard.
When an officer asked Hussong if he knew why they were there, Hussong replied that he did. At first, he could not remember the name of the girl that had been at his house the day before, but he said she is a nice girl.
He told the officer he has a very loving nature and shares his love with people. There should be more of that in the world, he said.
When asked how he showed the girl his love, Hussong said he gave her $2 for different things and gave her a rod and reel out of his shed.
When asked if he showed his love physically for the girl, Hussong said he gave her hugs and kisses and had kissed her on the lips the day before. He allegedly stated he had never dreamt he would go too far. Everyone was telling him, he said, that he went too far. He admitted to many of the allegations the girl had made, but denied that he ever asked her to touch him.
The search warrant was executed and authorities confiscated the bedding, including a lightweight white bedspread. A search of the room showed no firearms present, but two firearms were taken from the garage, as well as the loaded .22 shells that were in the rifle.
Hussong has an initial court appearance Monday in Jackson County District Court.