Brandon Harris, 21, of Fort Lauderdale, stands accused of molesting a girl while he was sharing a bed with the child and her brother. Harris will answer to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child.
According to police reports, the brother was sleeping on the outside of the bed, the female child was in the middle, and Harris lay on the side nearest the wall. The children were sleeping when Harris began to touch the girl at about midnight.
The girl did not watch Harris during the incident, but covered her eyes instead. She left the bed to go to the bathroom and, when she returned, she laid on the floor to avoid being near Harris. The child told her family what happened and the family reported the molestation to the police. Harris at first denied lying in bed with the children but later admitted to the act.
Arresting officers requested that Harris provide a DNA sample and he declined to do so, asking for a lawyer instead. According to the defense, doubt has been raised as to whether or not the molestation occurred because the brother did not wake during the event.
Judge Robert Lee disagreed with the defense and ordered that Harris be held for court with no bond.
If you are letting another adult spend the night in your home, chances are you trust them enough to permit them to stay. Protect your children if you feel it necessary by having them sleep in your bedroom or in a common area in the home. No adult should be permitted to sleep with your children unless it is someone that you trust implicitly.
Children are often afraid to tell their parents when they have been touched inappropriately. If your child tells you that an adult friend or family member has touched them, be sure to listen. If the story is untrue, the police will figure it all out. Always put your trust in your child unless you have reason to suspect that your child is lying.
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