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Police in Parke County, Indiana, have arrested a 62-year-old man for allegedly inappropriately touching four girls while swimming at Rockville Lake. The incident occurred on June 10th at the beach area of the lake.
According to Parke County Sheriff Justin Cole, the suspect, Dennis A. Walker, approached the girls and engaged them in conversation before touching them inappropriately. The girls, aged 10 to 12 years old, reported the incident to their parents, who then contacted the authorities.
Deputies from the Parke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and arrested Walker. He has been charged with four counts of child molestation, a level 4 felony.
The incident has raised concerns among parents in the area, urging authorities to increase patrols and surveillance at the lake. “We need to ensure that our children are safe when they’re out enjoying the summer,” said one parent. “It’s disturbing to think that something like this could happen in our backyard.”
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
The incident at Rockville Lake highlights the importance of preventing child sexual abuse and educating children about how to protect themselves. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in four girls and one in six boys will experience sexual abuse before age 18.
Parents and caregivers can take steps to protect children from sexual abuse, including talking openly with them about their bodies and boundaries, teaching them to say “no” to unwanted touch, and monitoring their interactions with adults and other children.
Organizations like Darkness to Light and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offer resources and training for parents, educators, and other adults to help prevent child sexual abuse and respond appropriately if abuse is suspected. By working together, we can help to create a safer environment for children and prevent incidents like the one at Rockville Lake from happening in the future.