GREENSBURG, LA (WAFB) - A man suspected of molesting a 6-year-old was arrested, but has since bonded out of jail. Authorities investigating the claims of sexual abuse worry there may be other young victims.
The St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office said Marshall Sinclair, 47, of Denham Springs turned himself in Monday afternoon. A warrant details the alleged abuse. It claims Sinclair touched the child's genitals and later forced her to touch his.
The incident allegedly happened while the mother of the child was at work. According to the mother, her daughter told her a family friend went into her bedroom and made her touch him.
"She came to me Friday afternoon and told me she had a secret that she needed to tell me," said the child's mother. "He was supposed to be a close friend, practically like family."
Detectives said Sinclair is charged with molestation of a juvenile. While the charges only reflect the alleged incident with the little girl, investigators said more charges could be on the way.
"There were two children involved," said Joe Cheney, chief of detectives. "There are some allegations still pending on the second child. It's a very sad situation. It's very disturbing."
The victim's mother, who has three children, is even more disturbed by the fact Sinclair is currently out of jail. He bailed out of jail Tuesday afternoon on a $50,000 bond.
"She's having nightmares now. She doesn't want to sleep. She doesn't want to stay at home. She wants to be with me all of the time," the child's mother explained.
She worries her child's innocence has been lost and even feels guilty about the alleged abuse.
"I feel like less of a parent because I couldn't be there to protect her. This isn't supposed to happen to your children. They're supposed to be safe at home," she added.