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Convicted felons face new charges in Clayton

A convicted felon, who served almost 10 years in prison for kidnapping, was indicted Wednesday in Clayton County on child sex charges.

Saul Butch Harris, III, 36, faces charges of child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, statutory rape, incest and sexual battery. The indictment alleges that Harris assaulted the child, who was younger than 16, during June-August.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show that Harris was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in 1997, in DeKalb and Fulton counties. He was released in February 2007.

Two other convicted felons were also indicted, Wednesday, in a separate case. Eric Ranier Bell, 23, and Solomon Rafael Bell, 27, face a 17-count indictment. The counts allege that the two assaulted six people and stole two vehicles. The charges include multiple counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, hijacking a car, and auto theft.

The two are also charged with possession of firearms by a convicted felon during the Sept. 5 alleged incident. Police said the two took the keys of a Chevrolet belonging to one of the victims, and a Dodge truck belonging to another.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show that Solomon Bell has served four terms in state prison, starting in 2003. He was most recently released in March. Previous convictions include aggravated assault, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of cocaine.

Eric Bell's record includes theft by receiving stolen property, entering an auto, theft by taking, aggravated assault and criminal interference with government property. His first term ended in April 2009, and his second started September 2009. He was released in July 2010.

Also indicted, in yet another case, was Michael Devon Washington, 19. Washington faces one count of possession of a firearm on public school property. Police allege that Washington brought a black BB gun onto the campus of Forest Park High School, Sept. 28. According to Clayton State Court records, Washington has a pending case involving simple battery on a police officer, obstruction of an officer and disorderly conduct.