Just one day after being formally charged, a 15-year old boy, accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year old girl at the Franke Park Day Camp, admitted he did it. Indiana's Newscenter's Nicole Pence was first to report the story.
Police arrested a 15-year old boy last Thursday at Franke Park Day Camp after a seven-year old girl said the counselor in training lured her into the woods, blindfolded her, and tried to force her to perform a sex act on him. Wednesday morning in court, with his parents at his side, the teen admitted to everything. The prosecutor charged him with the juvenile equivalent of a "b" felony for child molesting.
Al Moll/Parks Director: "If this will ease pain on that family and that individual that is great. That's probably a mild reward for what they've been through."
The teen will continue to wear an ankle bracelet and undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being sentenced, August 24th.
Jamie Mann/Chief Juvenile Probation Officer: "We do hold them accountable. Our treatment has proven to be very successful. National juvenile re-offend rate for child molesters is really low, 8-12 percent. Ours is lower at 7% locally."
Treatment or not, Indiana's NewsCenter has learned that juvenile molestation in Allen County is escalating. In fact, last year, the office received 40 "formal" complaints of child molestation by other juveniles. This year, 46 cases are already on the books.
Jamie Mann/Chief Juvenile Probation Officer: "As a parent, I think you need to talk to your kids and teach them these things. And let them know that it would be safe for them to come home and tell mom or dad or grandma or grandpa whoever, that something has happened."
Al Moll/Parks Director: "This whole incident has served as a wake-up call to any youth serving organizations, like Parks and Recreation."
Moll says with more than 20-thousand kids in parks programs, he'll pay for all staff-members to go through "Predator Awareness Training." Franke Park Day Camp will also implement a buddy system for the counselors in training program. On a positive note, Franke Park Day Camp's "61st Annual Big Pow Wow" will go on as scheduled, Tuesday, August 7, at seven in the evening.
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