The husband of a woman who babysits for more than one family was arrested after the authorities alleged that he sexually abused several youngsters while they were in her care.
On December 20, the authorities in Lebanon, Missouri, were alerted by the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division. They were told about a seven-year-old girl’s conversation with her school counselor. The child reportedly said that her babysitter’s husband had forced her to take part in sexual acts.
According to a press release from the Lebanon Police Department, an investigation was opened, and they believed they located the responsible party.
They reported that they talked to the child, and she told them she was in a bedroom with the man when he touched her. She said he also asked her to touch his privates.
The authorities additionally learned that the babysitter took care of a three-year-old girl. When the girl’s mother went to the home to pick her up, she said she saw and heard things that made her believe the woman’s husband was touching her daughter sexually while he pretended to change her diaper.
Police went to the babysitter’s residence and talked to the woman about the accusations. It was reported that she informed them she had stopped babysitting at the beginning of the month.
When the authorities talked to her husband, he reportedly did not dispute the allegations.
The man went to the police station for an interview, and it was reported that they learned there were likely at least two other victims.
The suspect was taken into custody and booked into the Laclede County Jail where he is incarcerated without bond. He is currently expected to face charges of three counts of felony statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy on a person less than 12 years old, and one felony count of second-degree child molestation of a child less than 12 years old.
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