An 85-year-old man has been charged of lewd conduct with a 4-year-old and claimed his inappropriate interaction with the girl was “not done for pleasure.”
Authorities have arrested Charles Cecil Carroll on the felony charge in April, but he recently defended himself, sharing his side of the story in an interview.
“Her mother lived in the same apartment complex I did, and I used to see them regularly,” he explained. “She used to come over when she was pregnant. When the baby was born, I went to the hospital to visit, and I held that little girl when she was less than an hour old. I loved her as if she were my own.”
The girl and her mother were apparently spending time in the man’s home the day the alleged crime happened. Carroll said he was wearing a robe and smoking a cigarette in the dining room at the time.
“My robe had become partially open and I didn’t correct,” he said. “She walked over and out of curiosity, I’d say, started handling my genitals.”
The event happened for about “three or four minutes” before the mother returned to the room, grabbed her daughter and left. She then reported the incident to the police the same day and Carroll was arrested.
“That is an out-and-out lie,” Carroll said. “It absolutely had nothing to do with sexual pleasure on my part.”
He was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on $50,000 bond. He was released and then issued a three-year no-contact order barring him from interacting with the woman and her daughter.
According to investigation, Carroll was also charged with violating that order. He apparently taken out a loan for the woman’s car and learned that she’d missed two payments on the vehicle.
He pleaded guilty to violating the no-contact order and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended.
Source: Post Register