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CANTON | Brunn confession opens doors to other molestation cases

ATLANTA -- Tuesday night after he confessed in court, GBI investigators interviewed Ryan Brunn at length again. He's a suspect in two other jurisdictions in molestation cases involving two other young girls.

One of the cases is in Virginia. Authorities won't say where. Police in Virginia interviewed Brunn, but the molestation allegation was dismissed as unfounded.

RAW VIDEO | 11Alive interview with Brunn's attorney

GBI spokesman John Bankhead says police there are re-examining that case in light of Brunn's stunning courtroom confession Tuesday in Canton to the murder of seven year old Jorelys Rivera.

"We know from doing the background of Brunn that he had molested other children," GBI director Vernon Keenan said Tuesday in an interview with 11Alive News. "The molestation consisted of fondling of the children. We know of no other instances of violence involving him."

Another case is in Lumpkin County, Georgia, which is where Brunn lived before he moved to Canton. The Lumpkin County case had gone unreported until Brunn was named a suspect in the Rivera case. The GBI is now re-examining that case, as are local authorities in Lumpkin County.

In both cases, Bankhead says the alleged victims were acquainted with Brunn. 

Investigators have talked with Brunn about the two cases, but GBI spokesman John Bankhead wouldn't say whether Brunn had confessed to any involvement in those cases. The GBI expects to interview Brunn with some regularity.

Last night, GBI director Vernon Keenan told Kevin Rowson that the life-without-parole sentence will be of help to law enforcement.  "We will be able to study Brunn," Keenan said.

Keenan said GBI agents hope Brunn will be able to help them understand the mind of a child molester, to use Brunn as a resource while they are actively investigating other crimes against children.


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