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Forty-six-year old man accused of molesting 4-year old girl

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A 46-years old Filipino man is being held on bail of $100,000 on charges of child molestation and endangering the welfare of a child. He is accused of inappropriately touching a four-year girl.

The defendant made his initial appearance in the District Court on Wednesday. The child molestation count is a class A felony punishable by imprisonment for life, or from ten to thirty years in jail with a mandatory minimum prison term of ten years without probation or parole.

The endangering charge is a class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. The government claims, on Jan. 20, 2013 the LBJ hospital Social Services reported the sexual abuse of a four year old girl to the Police Station in Tafuna.

Police then proceeded to interview the victim’s mother, who said that a family friend told her that her daughter has been complaining of pain on her private parts. The mother further stated that she spoke to her daughter who said the defendant has been touching her on her private parts.

Court filings say the victim calls the defendant her uncle. The victim and her parents live together with other people in a seven-bedroom house that are rented by different families and the defendant is among the tenants.

After the victim was complaining of pain on her vagina, she was then taken to the LBJ hospital for an examination. The four-year-old girl told police that the defendant touched her, and she pointed to her private parts. Court filings say, the victim further told police that her vagina hurts and after the defendant touched her he took her to one of the fast food chains on island.

The defendant was then taken to the police station where he was advised of his constitutional rights and he agreed to talk to the police. The defendant told police that he would babysit the victim at times and admitted that the victim has been in his room a couple of times to play.

He also admitted that he would wash the victim after using the bathroom, but he treats her like his daughter and said he would never do anything like the allegations.

The preliminary examination hearing for the defendant has been scheduled for next week Friday. This hearing is for District Court Judge John Ward to see if the government has sufficient evidence to have this case bound over to the High Court for other court proceedings or disposition. The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin, while prosecuting this case is Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop.



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