ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - A St. George man is behind bars, accused of abusing two children for years.
After both girls were interviewed here at the Children's Justice Center James Michael Leavitt of St. George was taken into custody on ten counts of sodomy of a Child
"Started approximately six years ago, according to our victims, and our last offense was approximately six months ago," said Lona Trombley with the St. George Police Department.
Police say Leavitt confessed to sodomizing the two girls and the arrest happened because the girls told someone they trusted.
"If we open up the doors of communication now, if in the event something were to happen we can more quickly act to protect those children and to prosecute the person who's committed the crime," said Trombley.
Trombley recommends books for helping children understand what is and isn't Ok when it comes to touch, and how to encourage a child to tell someone they trust if someone abuses them.
The book is available at the St. George Police Station, as well as the Children's Justice Center.
"The best way to protect is to educate and prevent. We would love to prevent all of these incidents, but it's just not possible, but we hope by getting the word out on steps to take, to educate, that we can prevent at least some of them," said Trombley.
For resources and additional information on how to protect your children, you can come to the Washington County Children's Justice Center, Or any Children's Justice Center throughout the state.
MILFORD, Del. -- The Milford Police Department arrested a suspected child rapist and the victim's mother in an investigation spanning three years.
According to Milford Police, Carlos Gonzalez-Valesquez, 30 of Richmond, VA, was arrested November 20 by U.S. Marshals following a 2014 child sex abuse investigation in which the suspect sexually abused a female juvenile. Police said after the victim's initial report, Gonzalez-Valesquez ran from Delaware and disappeared; however, a tip in November of 2017 helped police find Gonzalez-Valesquez with the victim's mother in Richmond, VA. According to police, an additional investigation revealed that the victim’s mother was planning on going back to Delaware and taking custody of the victim before moving the victim to Richmond.
With the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, both Gonzalez-Valesquez and the victim's mother, Emma Dorly-Ventura, 38 of Richmond, were arrested on Nov. 20th.
Milford Police said Dorly-Ventura was charged with attempting to hinder prosecution and endangering the welfare of a child and committed to the Department of Corrections on a $4,000 cash bail, She will appear in Sussex County Court of Common Pleas for a preliminary hearing.
Gonzalez-Valesquez was extradited from Virginia on November 30, and formally charged for rape in the first degree, among other charges, and committed to the Department of Corrections on $50,000 secured bail. He appeared in the Sussex County Superior Court for an arraignment on Friday.
Police said further indictments are coming for Gonzalez-Valesquez.
'Risk to the public'
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assault charges has been sentenced for raping a 14-year-old girl in Tacoma.
The News Tribune reports that Martine Arkeem Smith was sentenced to six years, eight months in prison.
Court documents state Smith approached the girl as she was walking down a street in February 2015. He is accused of grabbing her arm and pulling her into a shed before sexually assaulting her and leaving the scene.
The documents state the girl went home and told a foster parent what happened.
Smith was homeless at the time of the incident. He pleaded guilty to third-degree child rape, indecent liberties and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
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