Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dad charged with molesting his own children (Augusta, Georgia)

Father JERMAINE WHITAKER has been charged with three counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of child molestation. Three of the victims are his own children--so far five children in total have come forward.

http://www.nbcaugusta.com/news/local/48555647.html

Exclusive: Father accused of molesting his own children

By Navideh Forghani nforghani@nbcaugusta.com

Story Published: Jun 18, 2009 at 8:33 PM EDT
Story Updated: Jun 18, 2009 at 10:40 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A south Augusta father is in jail accused of molesting his own daughters. Richmond County investigators and the Department of Children and Family were called after a girl made claims against her own father, Jermaine Whitaker.

Investigators tell 26 News so far five children have come forward accusing him of child molestation. Three are his own children.

"It usually happened at night, while the child was sleeping the child wakes," said Investigator Mark Dobbins, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say one of the girls came forward and told a teacher about how her father was touching her. And, that's how the investigation started.

"One of the victims disclosed during school time. She let us know of another victim. From that it was a domino effect," said Dobbins.

26 News was the only station there as investigators arrested Whitaker, who must now wait for his day in court.

Investigators say they are looking into claims made by other children and more charges may come. Whitaker is charged with three counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of child molestation.

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