DECATUR — A Decatur man is facing felony sexual assault charges after two girls, ages 8 and 9, described as best friends by police, said the man repeatedly raped and molested them.
A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the 8-year-old girl described the assaults as first occurring when she was in first grade. The affidavit said the girls, who would spend time at each other’s homes, were abused together in a series of attacks that continued until a week prior to the 18-year-old man’s arrest last last week.
Decatur police detective Eric Matthews conducted interviews with the girls who said each abuse session would typically start with the man telling them to go into a room and take their clothes off.
“(The 9-year-old) said that (the man) ‘raped us’ and described the word rape as meaning, ‘Where he pulls down your pants and he does all nasty stuff to you,’” Matthews wrote in the affidavit.
Matthews said the abuse came to light recently when the mother of the 8-year-old was going through the child’s cellphone and discovered “disturbing Facebook Messenger” conversations. Matthews said the nature of the conversations caused the mother to “believe the two have been having sex.”
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Questioned by police, the man is described as admitting sexual abuse took ken place, including rape. He was booked on preliminary charges of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.
The man remained held in the Macon County Jail on in lieu $500,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from any child younger than 18.