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Hoschton man charged with cruelty to children
Shannon Pavey
Shannon Pavey

A Hoschton man was arrested Tuesday night on outstanding warrants for five counts of cruelty to children in the first degree.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office SWAT team arrested Shannon Pavey, 38, at his residence in the 5800 block of Paris Lane about 5:30 p.m., according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

"The SWAT team secured a perimeter around the residence and communicated with Mr. Pavey via loudspeaker and telephone," said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, public information officer for the sheriff's office. "He exited the residence on his own accord and was taken into custody without incident."

Pavey was jailed and has a bond hearing set for Friday, Wilbanks said.

The SWAT team was called out after officers learned "a substantial risk" existed if the warrants were served in a conventional manner, according to the news release.

"We received information indicating that he owned a large amount of weapons and ammunition, and that he was prone to spontaneous violent behavior," Wilbanks said. "The SWAT team was utilized to effect a peaceful arrest, minimizing those risks and offering the maximum amount of protection to officers and citizens."

According to the Official Code of Georgia, any person commits the offense of cruelty to children in the first degree when they maliciously cause a child under the age of 18 cruel or excessive physical or mental pain, Wilbanks said.

Though he could not divulge the exact nature of Pavey's situation or charges, he said the code punishes offenders with jail time of between five and 20 years.

Wilbanks said the ages of those involved were 8 and 11 but would not disclose their relationship to Pavey.

"To release further details would almost certainly identify the victims, who are obviously juveniles," he said.

Information on "a defendant's prior criminal conviction record, character or reputation" could not be released either due to sheriff's office policy, Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks could not speculate on any additional charges Pavey might face after the Tuesday arrest.  

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