Police have arrested a 20-year-old man as a suspect in the recent molestations of two little girls at a residence in Thomson. Local authorities first learned about the crimes last Friday, even though they happened earlier in September.
The victims' ages were 5 and 10, according to Thomson Police Department Investigator Capt. J. Bridges.
The investigator identified the suspect as Darryl Lucas, Jr., of the 100 block of White Oak Extension. Mr. Lucas has been charged with one count of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation, Capt. Bridges said.
The suspect, who was taken into custody after the crimes were reported by Sgt. Scott Whittle and Officer Keith Smith, currently is jailed in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.
Officer Patrick Sanders said in a written report that he was dispatched to the residence of where the crimes reportedly occurred. The older girl reportedly wanted to harm herself, according to a statement made to police by the girl's mother. The victim's mother told Officer Sanders that her daughter wanted to stab herself in the chest.
The girl told the police officer that she wanted to harm herself because she was sad.
Personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services later took the girl by ambulance to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center where an evaluation was performed, police records show.
The little girl later told EMS personnel the name of a man and that he had touched her inappropriately. As soon as that information was relayed to Officer Sanders, he said he notified Capt. Bridges.
The same girl also informed authorities that her little sister had been touched inappropriately, too, by the same man.
Kimberly Bell, a caseworker with the McDuffie County Department of Family and Children Services was contacted by police to conduct an investigation into the reported incidents of sexual abuse. Members of the local Rape Crisis Center also responded to the hospital to be of help to the victims and their parents.