A 49-year-old Pembroke Pines man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly molesting two young girls.
Jail records show that the man has been charged with 22 counts that include lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12.
The alleged molestations apparently took place between March and June in Pembroke Pines, police said. However, the girls and their mother claim they began nearly a year earlier, when they were living in Hialeah. The mother went on to tell police that the alleged abuse continued when the family moved to Miramar.
Records show that the man, a member of the family, sometimes appeared naked in the presence of the mother and her 8- and 10-year-old daughters. He allegedly touched, kissed, smelled and groomed the girls’ pubic areas with hair clippers when they were naked in the bathroom or bedroom after showering, according to the arrest report.
The girls claimed the man touched them sexually numerous times and that he overpowered them when they tried to resist. During police interviews they apparently said their mother sometimes witnessed the molestations, but could not prevent them because the man overpowered her when she tried to stop him.
The mother told detectives that the four had shared a bed twice and that the man had fondled the girls under their clothing. She also told police that the man had exposed an erection on several occasions. She told police that he told the girls that they had caused it.
When police interviewed the man, they claim he admitted to smelling, touching and using electric clippers on the girls to make sure they were clean. Police wrote in their report that the man said the girls would sometimes jump on his face naked, so he would kiss them out of love. The man also told detectives that the girls grabbed his exposed crotch and were used to seeing him that way because he did not believe in “nudity censorship.”
The man denied touching or rubbing the girls’ crotches.
Jail records show that the man was being held without bond on nine of the 22 charges.
Because allegations of child molestation are so offensive to most people, the mere accusation can cause friends and family to believe these claims, even if they have not been substantiated. While any person accused of a crime should be viewed as innocent until proven guilty, when it comes to child sex crimes, often the opposite is true. In child molestation cases, people are quick to judge a person and usually side with the child in the matter before any facts can be proven. Even police and prosecutors can jump the gun in these cases because child sex crimes are considered especially heinous.
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