Joint investigation leads to arrest of alleged child molester

David Roy Summers (Rabun County Sheriff's Office)

A 52-year-old Cornelia man is in jail charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. The allegations came to light after one of the girl’s parents notified authorities earlier this month.

Deputies arrested David Roy Summers on Wednesday, March 13, following an investigation that included a forensic interview at FAITH’s Powerhouse in Stephens County.

During that interview, investigators say it was revealed Summers was a close family friend who spent time alone with the girl at a residence in Habersham County and took her to job sites in Rabun.

According to the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, Summers inappropriately touched the victim and engaged in sexual intercourse. The alleged abuse reportedly began in late 2023.

The Habersham and Rabun County sheriff’s offices conducted a joint investigation. Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols says investigators from both agencies interviewed witnesses who placed the child with Summers at several job sites around Lake Burton. Those witnesses also reportedly provided specific locations and times when the victim and suspect were together.

Investigators also interviewed Summers. According to Sheriff Nichols, “Summers admitted to being a person of trust and confidence to the victim, spending time alone with her and taking her to multiple job sites throughout Rabun County.”

Habersham County investigators charged Summers with one count each of sexual battery and child molestation. Rabun County investigators obtained no bond warrants on him for three counts of child molestation.

Summers was booked into the Habersham County Detention Center. Sheriff Nichols says the investigation is ongoing.

If you have information about this case, please call investigators at the Habersham or Rabun County sheriff’s offices.

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