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Man arrested on molesting charge

6-16-2007 Indiana:

Five others had gone to jail for going after him for alleged sex abuse.

SOUTH BEND -- A man was arraigned Friday on a Class A felony charge that he molested a 9-year-old girl -- alleged abuse that had led five people to come to his house and allegedly toss gasoline on him nearly two weeks ago.

Lemual Carr, 50, is in the St. Joseph County Jail, where his bond has been set at $750 cash, according to the county prosecutor's office. He was arrested Thursday. His initial hearing has been set for 8 a.m. June 29 in St. Joseph Superior Court.

According to the affidavit filed in St. Joseph Superior Court, he allegedly fondled the girl with penetration June 5 at his Walnut Street home. The girl, a family friend, had spent the night there. She returned home shortly afterward and told her mom, who says she took the girl immediately to the hospital to have her checked for signs of abuse, knowing that it would allow investigators the best chance to collect evidence.

After they left for the hospital, five family members and friends allegedly went to Carr's house and forced their way inside, according to police. One of the five allegedly tossed gasoline on him. They were arrested that night and remain in jail on charges of residential entry. One was also charged with disorderly conduct, another with resisting law enforcement and another with false informing.

The Tribune isn't naming the family members to protect the girl's identity. ..more.. by Tribune Staff Report

Man, attacked on suspicion of child molesting, appears in court
6-29-2007 Indiana:

SOUTH BEND — A 50-year-old man who was reportedly doused with gasoline after he allegedly molested a 9-year-old girl was in court this morning.

Lemual Carr must plead to one count of child molesting, a Class A felony, by Aug. 30. Otherwise, he will go to trial Nov. 7, according to the dates scheduled today.

Carr is accused of inappropriately touching a child who had spent the night of June 4 at Carr’s home in South Bend.

The girl reportedly told her mother what happened immediately after.

Friends and family members of the girl reportedly sought retaliation against Carr at his home and have been charged with residential entry, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement and false informing. ..more.. by Tribune Staff Report

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