Cobb County man sexually assaults minor after giving her water bottle, police say

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Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 7:30 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - A Cobb County man was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at Shaw Park in Marietta on Jan. 22, according to police.

The suspect has been identified as Douglas Gerard Darch. Police said Darch approached the girl and offered her a water bottle. After drinking the bottle the victim began to feel dizzy and tingle.

According to a report, Darch reportedly pulled a knife and threatened her so she “would do whatever he told her to do.”

Darch is facing several charges including aggravated child assault, cruelty to a child, and terroristic threats.